MOH Statement on Hepatitis A outbreak in South Sharqiyah
An official source from the Ministry of Health (MOH) stated that the epidemiological surveillance Statistics indicate an increase in the number of Hepatitis A cases in South Sharqiyah Governorate. The source further explained that the reason of this increase is more in favour of person-to-person transmission and is not connected with one source or via food suppliers either on the school or community level.
A total of 136 cases were reported from South Al Sharqiyah Governorate from 1st of January to 25 April. Most of the reported cases are from Asila village (76 %) from Wilayat Jaalan Bani Bu Ali.
On this regard, MOH has undertaken many measures to contain this increase in the Wilayat especially Wilayat Jaalan Bani Bu Ali. The health personnel teams intensify efforts to spread awareness to parents and community on the disease’s transmission methods and preventive measures. Moreover, campaigns were led on the level of the Governorate’s Health Institutions, schools, and pre-schools in order to educate them about the necessity of personal and hand hygiene and ways of preventing the disease. Samples from Asial Village’s different water sources were taken to test contamination and the results came up normal.
The Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources has been notified about the situation to carry out the required measures.