No Measles-related death recorded; suspected cases still being investigated at Noguchi – GHS


The Acting Northern Regional Director of the Ghana Health Services (GHS), Dr Braimah Abubakari has said the Service is still waiting for laboratory results from Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) on the five suspected Mealses-related deaths.

Until the results come in, they cannot conclude that there have been deaths related to Measles.

He told TV3 that “If we suspect a case samples are sent to Noghuchi in Accra and so we get the confirmation from Noguchi and therefore if children unfortunately died and the results are not yet back scientifically it is very difficult for us to conclude that they died from Measles.

“They can mention that they have five suspected Measles deaths and that is what they said, so until we get the confirmation from Noguchi or from the Lab, we will not be able to say that we had fives cases of Mesalses deaths, as we speak among all the confined cases we don’t have any deaths.”

The Head of Pediatrics and Child Health at the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH), Professor Alhassan Abdul Mumin earlier reportedly said that the facility has recorded five suspected Measles related deaths.

“The only reason we still call them suspected cases is that we do not have the laboratory results up to now.”

“We have five cases we admitted with suspected measles. The suspected measles have all the features that you will document for a child or a patient that has measles,” multiple media reports quoted him as saying.

By Laud Nartey||Ghana




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