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The North-West to tackle measles and rubella
Governor LELE LAFRIQUE urged the entire population of the North-West Region to cooperate with the health personnel for the success of the campaign.

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The national preventive mass campaign which will run from the 24th to the 29th November 2015 would involve the injection of one dose of the combined measles and rubella vaccine in the upper part of the left arm for children aged 09 to 14. The introduction of that combined vaccine in the routine vaccination schedule is aimed at accelerating the progress towards the control and the reduction of those potentially deadly diseases by:

  • Improving on mother and child health;
  • Attaining and maintaining the objective of eradicating  measles;
  • Limiting the incidence of congenital malformations due to rubella.

In her presentation during the launch, the Regional Delegate of Public Health indicated that the measles is on a steady increase since 2013 in Cameroon and the North-West alone has registered 1030 cases and 7 deaths of measles and 659 cases for rubella between 2008 and 2014. The campaign targets 830,744 children and each recipient would be given a card after the vaccination which the parents should keep properly for a post vaccination survey.

The Governor symbolically launches the mass vaccination campaign

The Governor after thanking the authorities of PLEDGE Nursery and Primary School for hosting the ceremony, called on all the health personnel stakeholders to ensure that all targeted children benefit from the vaccination which is free of charge.
The Governor seized the opportunity to reassure the entire population of the North-West Region that the on-going vaccination campaign has nothing to do with the trial Ebola vaccination that has been suspended by the hierarchy.

By Eudoxie KOMLAYO, North-West Region

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