Over 22.8 Million Children to be Vaccinated against Measles

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Addis Ababa February 25/2017 The Ministry of Health planned to vaccinate about 22.8 million children against measles through the national supplementary immunization activity (SIAs) to be conducted between the end of February to mid March.

Children between 9 to 59 months nationwide and 5 to 15 years old in woredas not covered in April 2016 immunization campaign are the targeted beneficiaries, a press release the Ministry dispatched to ENA said.

The planned vaccination is the continuation of the immunization campaign that covers all the nine regions and two city administrations.

A central team from the ministry and partners deployed to the field to support regions in pre, intra and post-campaign activities including social mobilization, logistics distribution, campaign organization, supervision, monitoring and related technical support.

Vaccines and other necessary resources are being distributed to woredas and implementation sites.

The budget required for independent monitoring (IM) to be conducted in 322 woredas is secured form WHO Africa Regional Office (AFRO).

The latest mass measles campaign was conducted in April 2016 and over 24.9 million children were vaccinated.