At the request of the Ministry of Health (MOH), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has delivered a new batch of measles, mumps and rubella vaccines. Ministry officials report receiving 800,000 doses (computer translated).
This is the second batch of vaccine delivered this year. In February, the MOH and UNICEF, given the urgent need, carried out an expedited delivery of 220,000 doses of the vaccine to respond to the measles outbreak.
The incidence of measles against measles has increased significantly compared with previous years. Ukraine has reported more than 9,000 measles cases since the beginning of the year.
Over the last year, more than 90% of children have been scheduled for vaccination. At the same time, this is not enough to stop the outbreak of the measles in the country.
“For reliable protection against infectious diseases, vaccination levels should be higher than 95% – then we can talk about collective immunity. For the first time, Ukraine is fully equipped with vaccines – reliable, safe and effective. I call parents to vaccinate children, and doctors encourage patients to vaccinate “, – said v.o. Minister of Health Dr. Ulana Suprun.
In Ukraine, GlaxoSmithKline, Belgium, which has a state registration and prequalified WHO, is supplied to Ukraine for measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. It is efficient and safe, is provided by the state free of charge and has many years of experience in Ukraine.
“UNICEF welcomes the efforts of the Ministry of Health to overcome the outbreak of measles in Ukraine and the development of a national immunization program. Only in the last year the coverage of children by the CPC vaccine calendar doubled and exceeded 90%. We will continue to support the Ministry of Health by procuring and delivering the necessary quantities of quality vaccines to ensure that all children in Ukraine have protection against dangerous infectious diseases, “said Giovanna Barberis, Head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine.
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