Government intensifies measles vaccination campaign

By John Nhandara

THE Government has intensified the measles immunisation programme in the wake of an outbreak of the infectious disease which has killed a number of children.

This Tuesday’s Parliamentary Question and Answer Session was dominated by debate on the country’s response to contain the outbreak of measles, amid indications that some families are reluctant to have their children immunised against the highly contagious disease.

“The matter was raised in the cabinet and as a government, we are on high alert in all provinces. We have also intensified our awareness as well as vaccination campaign with regards to the measles outbreak,” said Professor Amon Murwira, the acting Minister of Health and Child Care.

Finance and Economic Development Deputy Minister, Honourable Clemence Chiduwa also updated the house that Treasury is considering reviewing upward weekly withdrawal limits for pensioners.

“This issue was once discussed here in Parliament some time ago and we took note of the need to review or scrap the withdrawal limit for pensioners. I will consult once again to see the stages of implementation,” he said.

Legislators also sought answers on the road rehabilitation programme in Chipinge and Chimanimani in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai.

“We completed Joppa Kopa road, but there are other roads which are very important for connectivity that we must also repair. It’s a matter of resources, but we are working on the roads. For example, Chikukwa road is now under construction,” responded honourable Chidawu.

Chimanimani and Chipinge districts were the most affected when Tropical Cyclone Idai struck in March 2019.