Latest News

South Sudan to vaccinate 2.5 mln children against measles

Child undergoing a vaccination (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

February 5th 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan’s ministry of health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners on Tuesday launched a campaign to vaccinate at least 2.5 million children against measles.

Riek Gai Kok, South Sudan’s health minister, said the six-month exercise aims to curb the spread of the viral disease, which has so far affected over 4,000 children and claimed 43 lives.

Measles outbreaks have been on the rise in South Sudan, the health ministry said.

There is a need to strengthen the vaccination drive for all children under five years old in a bid to eliminate measles in South Sudan, said Olushayo Olu, WHO representative in South Sudan.

According to WHO, measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through air and is also one of the leading causes of death among children.

Related posts

A South Sudan Man Testifies Before Police Over Practicing Witchcraft


Security Council welcomes Sudan’s Juba Peace Agreement (Sudan)


Gogrial state governor orders arrest of youth leaders, activists


Tell us what you think

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: