South Sudan set to vaccinate 2.5 million children against measles

South Sudan Ministry of Health, World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with South Sudan partners, has launched a campaign to save the lives of 2.5 million children against measles.

The campaign had been launched on Tuesday earlier this week according to sources, a move to vaccinate at least 2.5 million children against measles.

South Sudan’s health minister Riek Gai Kok said that the campaign aims to control the spread of the measle which has affected over 4,000 children and killing 43 lives.


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The six-month activity of the measle campaign is aimed to fight against the viral disease which will help saves the lives of children countrywide.

As per the World Health Organization (WHO), measles is a profoundly infectious infection that spreads through the air and is likewise one of the main sources of death among young children.

Failure to take measures as early as possible could lead to negative side effects in children including fever, rash, cough, runny nose, red, and watery eyes.

In some cases, it could lead to a child losing eyesight, ear infection, diarrhea, pneumonia, brain damage, and death.

Measles flare-ups have been on the ascent in South Sudan, the wellbeing service said.

There is a need to reinforce the inoculation drive for all children under five years of age in an offer to kill measles in South Sudan.