admin | May 18, 2015
As the Ebola threat diminishes, authorities are revitalizing essential health-care services in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.
To coincide with World Immunization Week, the three governments have launched a campaign to immunize 3 million children against diseases such as measles and polio. The campaign is supported by international agencies such as the United Nations Children’s Fund, or UNICEF.
Tim Irwin is a spokesperson for UNICEF West Africa. He says: “The reduction in the number of cases [of Ebola] has allowed for the resumption of … immunizations … [We] have supported the governments in the reopening of schools.”
Mr. Irwin adds: “UNICEF trained a former Ebola sensitization team to go door-to-door explaining to parents that the vaccinations for measles were safe, essential, and not related to Ebola in any way.”
To read the full article, go to: http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/05/as-ebola-approaches-zero-immunisation-gets-a-boost-in-west-africa/
Photo credit: UNICEF