Gabon launches measles vaccination for children

Par : Norbert| Keywords : Gabon, Vaccination, measles| Updated on 27-04-2022

A major vaccination campaign against measles has been underway since Tuesday in Gabon, targeting more than 300,000 children aged 6 to 59 months.

This campaign aimed at vaccinating 322,404 children in this age group and stemming the outbreak of measles in the country will last five days with the technical support of the World Health Organization (WHO).

This free operation is organized in health centres, kindergartens and markets in the provinces of Estuaire, Haut-Ogooué, Moyen-Ogooué, Ngounié, Ogooué Maritime and Woleu-Ntem.

Measles is a highly infectious viral disease that can sometimes lead to serious complications, including lung and brain infections.

This campaign is also coupled with the administration of vitamin A to children aged 6 to 59 months. This vitamin is essential for them to support their rapid growth and help them fight infections. It is recommended by the WHO to reduce morbidity and mortality in this age group.

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