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800,000 children to receive vaccination after measles outbreak in DRC

Over 800,000 children are to be targeted for vaccination in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), after a measles outbreak killed more than 3,500 people this year.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the DRC government plan to conduct the emergency programme across the country in slightly more than a week.

According to The WHO, the epidemic is the world’s largest and fastest moving, and has killed more Congolese people this year than Ebola.

Despite previous rounds of immunisations, the disease has spread to every part of the country.

Lack of routine access to vaccinations and healthcare has contributed to the problem, the WHO report added.

Every one of the DRC’s twenty-six provinces has reported cases of measles and is battling to control this outbreak, which the ministry of health declared on June 10, the BBC has reported.

Over 800,000 children are to be targeted for vaccination in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), after a measles outbreak killed more than 3,500 people this year.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the DRC government plan to conduct the emergency programme across the country in slightly more than a week.

According to The WHO, the epidemic is the world’s largest and fastest moving, and has killed more Congolese people this year than Ebola.

Despite previous rounds of immunisations, the disease has spread to every part of the country.

Lack of routine access to vaccinations and healthcare has contributed to the problem, the WHO report added.

Every one of the DRC’s twenty-six provinces has reported cases of measles and is battling to control this outbreak, which the ministry of health declared on June 10, the BBC has reported.

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