Two persons were diagnosed with measles in Rawatgaun of Bheri Municipality-1, Jajarkot district.
The detection was confirmed thru screening carried out with the help of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The two patients were detected in a screening carried out in 18 children. On Friday alone, the Provincial Health Directorate Surkhet, Health Service Office Jajarkot, and Bheri Municipality health branch carried out joint on-site monitoring. According to the locals, the health service office has been vaccinating people against measles every year but the campaign has failed. Nepal targeted to eliminate measles by 2019. However, in 2020, measles cases were found in Lalitpur, Sarlahi, Jhapa, and Dhading districts. According to the Ministry of Health, 125 cases of measles have been detected in the last three and a half months.
In 2019, the number of measles patients in the country was 430. Doctors have been warning that the incidence of tuberculosis and polio among children may increase in the coming days due to the suspension of vaccination, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Doctors say that measles mainly affects children under the age of five and pregnant women.
Measles causes red blisters on the skin and fever. Measles can sometimes cause complications by infecting the lungs and brain.