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WHO hands over emergency medical kits for management of severe measles cases

WHO hands over emergency medical kits for management of severe measles cases

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DILI, 08 february 2024 (TATOLI) – WHO Timor-Leste, on thursday, handed over emergency medical kits for management of severe measles cases.

The kits contain essential medicines, supplies, and equipment for the management of clinical suspected and severe cases.

The provision of medical kits and medicines is part of the WHO’s commitment to ensure that Timor-Leste remains free of measles.

Timor-Leste successfully eliminated measles in 2018, and the country has managed to remain measles-free for more than five years.

Vice Minister of Health, Flavio Brandao thanked WHO for the continuous partnership and commitment to improving public health.

At the same place, WHO Representative in Timor-Leste, Arvind Mathur highlighted that measles is a highly contagious disease that can be prevented by vaccination.

Measles is an acute viral respiratory illness, with symptoms including running nose, cough, red and watery eyes, and small white spots inside the cheeks.

Severe measles is more likely among malnourished young children, especially those with insufficient vitamin A, or whose immune systems have been weakened by HIV/AIDS or other diseases. Severe measles complications include acute respiratory infections, severe diarrhea, and related dehydration, seizures, blindness, and encephalitis. Most measles-related deaths are caused by these complications. Vaccination is the best way to prevent measles.

The handover items are as follows: adhesive tape, blanket, gloves examination, face mask, swab, test strips, soap bar, syringe, tourniquet, tunic, crepe bandage, lancet, compress, conforming elastic bandage, tunic, cotton wool, nasogastric tube, safety box for used needles, micro cuvettes, soft twist, metronidazole, dexamethasone phosphate, amoxicillin, permethrin, nystatin, ceftriaxone, pyrantel, benzylpenicillin sodium, vitamin A, ampicillin, miconazole nitrate, zinc oxide, chlorhexidine gluconate, dextrose, gentamicin, furosemide, cotrimoxazole, magnesium sulfate, dextrose, adrenaline, cloxacillin, erythromycin, ciprofloxacin, ringers lactate, adrenaline, cloxacillin, erythromycin, ciprofloxacin, dextrose, etc.

 

Journalist: Jose Belarmino de Sa

Editor: Filomeno Martins

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