The number of cases of children with measles continues to increase in Angola. In the last three weeks alone, health authorities have recorded more than 2,000 new cases of the disease.
The Secretary of State for Health, Pinto de Sousa, promised to intensify the vaccination campaign in the coming days.
“The most affected provinces are Bié, Cabinda, Cuanza Sul, Huambo and Luanda. Here, the most important thing is to identify the focus”, explained Pinto de Sousa.
With the sound of the alarm, the Ministry of Health and strategic partners such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) mobilized means and human resources to try to bring the measles vaccine to as many people as possible. children as possible.
Felismina Neto, coordinator of the Vaccination Program in Luanda, said that the focus of vaccination is the most critical points, especially in suburban areas.
“Kilamba Kiaxi has started and is focusing on this vaccination, mainly in the gray areas of the municipality – in Rasta, Malangino, Golf and other locations. We will continue to vaccinate until the situation is normalized”, he guaranteed.
Data from the Ministry of Health indicate that, until August 21, more than 1.5 million children under 5 years of age were vaccinated in the 8 target provinces. It is equivalent to coverage of about 92%.
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