Vaccine-preventable diseases outbreaks Africa –WHO

NEWS DIGEST – World Health Organisation (WHO) said on its official website on Friday that Africa is confirming a surge in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases over the past year.

According to WHO, almost 17,500 cases of measles vaccine-preventable diseases were recorded in the African region between January and March 2022, marking a 400% increase compared with the same period in 2021.

WHO says, In 2021, 13 countries reported new yellow fever outbreaks in the African region, compared to nine in 2020 and three in 2019.

In addition, WHO also received a reported outbreak of variant Polio Vaccine-preventable diseases In twenty-four African countries In 2021 which is four-time more than in 2020.

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa urged African governments to tackle the vaccine-preventable disease with similar efforts used to defeat Covid-19.”Health systems could be severely strained not only by COVID-19 but by other diseases.

“The rise in outbreaks of other vaccine-preventable diseases is a warning sign. As Africa works hard to defeat COVID-19, we must not forget other health threats.

“Vaccines are at the heart of a successful public health response, and as countries restore services, routine immunization must be at the core of revived and resilient health systems.”The director said.

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