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Congo rolls out measles vaccination in Goma amid civil unrest

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By ITN News Editor December 12, 2019 14:57

Congo rolls out measles vaccination in Goma amid civil unrest

The Democratic Republic of Congo and World Health Organisation  launched the third phase of the measles immunization campaign, with the ultimate aim of reaching 18.9 million children across the country by year-end.

A measles epidemic in Congo has killed 5,000 people this year, many of them young children, with more than 250,000 suspected measles cases, according to a report by WHO.Low immunization rates and high levels of malnutrition have fuelled the epidemic and high mortality rates, especially in North Kivu province, which is also reeling from an Ebola epidemic.

Vaccination is most challenging in North Kivu, where 2.2 million people are to be vaccinated in this round, because of high insecurity following armed attacks that make some areas inaccessible to aid workers, WHO said.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 12, 2019 14:57