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Measles vaccination campaign kicks off in Aweil East County, Northern Bahr El Ghazal State

Aweil East County launches a massive measles vaccination campaign with the help of partners like the International Rescue Committee, targeting children aged 0–11 months to combat the recent outbreak and dispel misconceptions about vaccines.

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Medics in Aweil East County, Northern Bahr El Gazal state are launching a massive immunization campaign in partnership with organizations such as the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

The vaccination campaign came after reported cases affecting dozens of children in villages across the county. Speaking to Hot in Juba on Thursday, Aweil East County’s Expanded Programme Immunization (EPI) supervisor, Mr Mou Gau, revealed that they are dispatching 81 personnel across the county in rural areas and health facilities where vaccines are stocked.


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They aim to vaccinate children aged 0-11 months. Mou emphasized the need for mothers to cooperate and bring their children, along with vaccination cards if the baby was previously vaccinated. “We encourage this campaign to cover all children, considering the distance between villages. We have agreed to carry out this activity for 5 days to ensure the vaccines are adequately used,” he said.

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“Some people hold stereotypes that vaccines do not help infected children and resort to using mud by smearing it on the patients’ bodies. These notions are backward. Vaccines are free and consistently available,” he implored. He urged adults, if not the mother, to accompany the baby to the center as illiteracy contributes to difficulty in identifying the baby’s first vaccination date. Therefore, the mother or adult needs to provide details to the vaccinators.

A mother, Amou Gop Deng, wonders about the efficacy of vaccination if the child falls sick immediately. “Sometimes, a baby would be sick, and now everyone is asked to take the child to the centre. Two of my kids have not completed the vaccination, but I will go as it begins tomorrow,” she stated.

She expressed readiness to take her baby but intends to seek advice from medics regarding whether the baby can still receive the vaccines. Meanwhile, the Aweil East County Health Director, Mr. Angony Ateny, confirmed to Hot in Juba that this immunization aims to curb the disease’s spread, as noticed in the past weeks.

Among other regional partners, Gavi, UNICEF, and WHO are funding the campaign.

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