Vaccination against measles plan
Published on: Friday, February 15, 2019

Sabah: STATE Health and People’s Wellbeing Minister Datuk Stephen Wong said the Ministry is considering vaccination against measles for children in Sabah, including those stateless, to prevent an outbreak of the disease.

He said discussions were under way and a decision would be made.

Wong said the three measles cases reported in the State, as of Feb 9, involved non-immunised children and two of them were non-citizens.

He said the children were between one and six years. 

Last year, 73 measles cases and one death were reported with 40 per cent of the cases involving children aged between two and seven years, he added.

“A majority of the cases involved local residents while the rest were foreigners and only 15 per cent of them have been vaccinated before,” said Wong. 

Wong said the four districts with the highest measles cases last year were Kudat with 30 cases, Semporna (21), Kota Kinabalu (4) and Tawau (4). – JSZ


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