Yemen– Aden Measles Outbreak Threatens Children.

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Date: 25/05/2022

Location: Aden-Yemen

Language: Arabic

Duration: 00:04:34

Sound: Natural

Source: A24 Aden

Restrictions: A24 Subscribers

Storyline:

Measles disease is rapidly spreading in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden due to the country’s poor healthcare system and decline in immunization coverage.

Medical sources said the city’s hospitals’ received hundreds of Measles cases, after decades of decline

The sources told A24 News Agency that poor health infrastructure, low awareness, War and a backlash against vaccinations in most cases were driving forces in these recent outbreaks in Aden.

They said the majority of cases were among people who were not vaccinated against measles

The sources said 1500 children have died so far from the preventable but highly contagious disease in Aden.

Measles, which spreads more quickly than Ebola, Flu and Covid-19, is typically a disease that mainly affects children and Infants but it could also spread among adults.

Measles causes symptoms such as high fever, cough, runny nose, watery eyes and rash. 

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Soundbite (Dr. Iman Bawazir – Pediatrician):

“Over the past months, since the onset of winter, we have received many cases of measles. Many cases are still confirmed these days. Measles is a deadly contagious viral disease that can be prevented through vaccination. Unfortunately, the number of vaccinated people in our country has decreased. Most hospitalizations and deaths have not been vaccinated.”

Soundbite (Dr. Iman Bawazir – Pediatrician):

“We should spread awareness about the importance of vaccination. Many people refuse to be vaccinated, whether it is against measles or any other disease. The war also affected the vaccination process, as many of the infected people were displaced without being fully vaccinated. We noticed that most of the cases are displaced people.”

Soundbite (Ahmed Abdo – Yemeni Citizen):

“He (his son) had a fever and measles. We could treat him on time. He was admitted to the hospital on the tenth of Ramadan (in April). He was bleeding and his case was critical. His respiratory system is damaged, which affected his breathing and walking.”

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