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The head of the Provincial Health Division (DPS) in Kasaï-Oriental, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) said the number of measles cases has increased significantly even in health zones where vaccination days were organized last year.

“The province has reported more than 1,020 cases including 19 deaths. But we have difficulties for the current week because with the health worker strike we have not updated the data,” said Doctor Nestor Tshiteku.

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He also adds that only five health zones out of the 19 in the Kasai-Oriental province have been able to vaccinate children but the number of cases continues to increase.

“It must be said that the vaccination actions have not been carried out in full. It was in partiality that the campaign was organized in a few areas. And this time, I believe that by next week we will organize a vaccination campaign against measles across the entire province,” he continued.

Since the beginning of the year and through August 16, DRC has reported a total of 204,822 suspected cases, including 2,210 confirmed cases with 3,594 measles-related deaths (CFR 1.8%) across six provinces.

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