Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Lazima Uchanjwe Dhidi ya Ugonjwa wa Manjano Zanzibar

Kama unataka kusafiri kwenda Zanzibar ni lazima upate chanjo dhidi ya ugonjwa wa manjano (yellow fever). Miaka mingi ulikuwa huihitaji lakini baada ya kuibuka upya huko Uganda wasafiri wanalazimika kuchanjwa! Ugonjwa na manjano unasambazwa na mbu kama malaria. Ukipiupata si rahisi kupona. Je, Tanzania Bara watalazimisha wasafiri kuchanjwa?
Yellow fever vaccination needed for Zanzibar

1st February 2011

Those travelling to Zanzibar, will now require a yellow fever vaccination, after an outbreak of the disease has caused 53 deaths in northern Uganda

So far around 226 cases of yellow fever have been reported in northern Uganda, including 53 deaths. The Zanzibar Ministry of Health is now warning all tour operators and airlines, both national and international, that visitors will require a yellow fever vaccination certificate in order to enter the country.

Before the outbreak, travellers needed to have the yellow fever jab if they were travelling to Zanzibar from a yellow fever endemic zone, now however the Zanzibar Ministry of Health have announced all visitors entering Zanzibar will need to have the yellow fever vaccination and a certificate to prove it.

Chris McIntyre of Expert Africa explained, "We've usually recommended to clients that they have the Yellow Fever vaccination if going to Zanzibar, but now they are insisting on it, wherever you are coming from.

"There have been reports of people being taken off the plane, being given the jab, and being made to pay for it. We strongly advise you to have your jab before you go."

Yellow fever is a very serious viral disease with a high rate of fatalities. It is transmitted by the day-active, stripy-legged mosquitoes called Aaedes. The disease is preventable with a yellow fever vaccine.

Dr. Jane Wilson-Howarth emphasises that is is good sense to be protected from Yellow Fever, "Those contracting the disease have about a 50:50 chance of survival. It becomes effective 10 days after the vaccine has been given and so the certificate is valid from 10 days and for 10 years.

"If you do end up getting compulsory immunisation in country (and this certainly happens on occasion in South America) you cannot know about the quality of the vaccine nor the sterility of the needles. There also may not be medical back-up in case of an allergic or other vaccine reaction."


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mkao wa Kula!