157 children die in measles outbreak in Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe, 157 children who were not vaccinated due to their religious beliefs died in the measles epidemic.

A Measles Epidemic Was Declared In Zimbabwe ‘s Manicaland province last April and spread all over the country.

Zimbabwe continued to vaccinate children against measles even at the height of Covid-19 outbreak cases, but vaccinations were blocked by religious groups preaching against vaccines.

In a statement made by the Ministry of Health, it was reported that the resumption of church meetings after the easing of Covid-19 restrictions led to the spread of measles to previously unaffected areas.

The government announced that they have started a mass vaccination campaign targeting children aged 6 months to 15 years and has appointed their religious leaders to support this campaign. Authorities stated that there are at least 2,056 cases in the country, and that all of those who lost their lives were unvaccinated children.

In April, the World Health Organization warned of an increase in measles cases in vulnerable countries as services were disrupted by Covid-19. In July, UNICEF stated that around 25 million children worldwide missed routine vaccinations against common childhood diseases, calling this a red alert for Child health. had described.

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