Research has proved a stiff increase in Measles cases around the country. Most affected areas include Kampala, Wakiso, Lwengo, Mbale, Parisa and this has been attributed to lack of vitamin A in the body.
According to Dr Christine Nabatanzi the eye department head at Mengo hospital ,children who were never immunized are likely to face eye blindness or the corneal ulcers which is caused by lack of vitamin A .
“Once you are caught by this disease it bring symptoms like eye blindness, continued tears .” she says
She adds that children also risk vitamin A deficiency ,constant eye pain whereas those who got immunized shall not get severe symptoms.
Christine says after the operation of immunizing measles around the central region, a few children are often immunized compared to the expected figures.
“This is not good because a child must be immunized at the period of 9 months after birth but if you miss out this you are likely to get a bacteria that causes corneal ulcers to the eyes .” says Dr.Christine.