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Madagascar: Massive immunization campaign against measles in the island to protect 830,000 Malagasy children

According to the humanitarian association for survival and the protection of the world's children, Unicef, and his representative resident in Madagascar, Steven Lauwerier, 830,000 Malagasy children could contract measles virus, after the decline seen of the coverage in the island and a last vaccination campaign which dates back to the year 2010.

Vaccination campaign begun this Monday is thus implemented by the World Health Organization (who), UNICEF and the GAVI Alliance, formerly known as the Global Alliance for vaccines and immunization, which aims to immunize for free more than 3.4 million Malagasy children aged between nine months and five years.

Yet compulsory for babies as early as 9 months, the measles vaccination is now the priority for Malagasy parents and the Ministry of Health estimates that 13% of the children have not yet been vaccinated.

The authorities also remind that the last fatal case of disease was nevertheless in 2010 in the region of Midongy Atsimo in southeastern Madagascar.

For Dr. Marius Rakotomanga, if the measles outbreak is not fatal except in rare cases, the disease can lead to serious squeal as including blindness, as relates the newspaper L'Express of Madagascar.

"This campaign is an opportunity to immunize children and especially to eradicate measles," said the public health Minister, Johanita Ndahimananjara.

Antso Rajaona

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