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iciHaiti - Diphtheria : Emergency situation
13/03/2018 09:18:08

iciHaiti - Diphtheria : Emergency situation
Sunday, the Ministry of Health launched a national immunization campaign against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough in 44 communes in 9 departments of Haiti.

Nearly one million children between the ages of 1 and 6 will benefit from vaccination against diphtheria, a disease considered epidemic in the country due to the growing number of infections and deaths.

Dr. Claude Surena, Member of the Cabinet of the Ministry, reiterated the importance of leading this crusade throughout the country "We are working on this campaign because there are many children who die affected by diphtheria in the country [ ...] We are really in an emergency situation, because it is an epidemic that has reappeared in the national clinical picture and it is necessary to control it and eradicate it "

This campaign is divided into two stages because it is two doses of vaccine. The first stage started Sunday, March 11 will end in about a month with the beginning of the 2nd phase.

In addition, this national operation will also make it possible to vaccinate infants against other preventable diseases such as tetanus and whooping cough.

Recall that according to a World Bank report, only 68% of children under two years old in Haiti received three doses of immunization against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough.

S/ iciHaiti

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