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WHO Concerned With Importation Of Measles From Under-immunised Countries

  Despite the revival of measles outbreaks in countries within the western Pacific region between 2013 to 2017 due to measles importation, the World Health Organisation (WHO) hopes to control
09 Sep 2017 11:00
WHO Concerned With Importation Of Measles From Under-immunised Countries
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) deputy representative Vathinee Jit Jaturunt (back, left), Director Pacific Technical support and World Health Organisation Western Representative of the South Pacific Dr Corinne Capuano (back, second from left), and Ministry of Health and Medical Services Family Health National Advisor, Dr Torika Tamani (back, third from left) with a nurse and students during the campaign launch at Namosi House in Suva on September 8, 2017. Photo: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

 

Despite the revival of measles outbreaks in countries within the western Pacific region between 2013 to 2017 due to measles importation, the World Health Organisation (WHO) hopes to control the number of cases.

Director of Pacific Technical support and World Health Organisation Representative to the South Pacific Dr Corinne Capuano said the importation of measles was mainly from under-immunised countries.

“Many countries in the region experience measles virus importation resulting in large scale measles outbreak in the Federated States of Micronesia, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Australia and New Zealand,” Dr Capuano said.

“It is very difficult to stop the importation of diseases however if we achieve maximum coverage like 95 per cent or above, 95 being the minimum, we will be able to protect the communities,” she said.

She said WHO was working with the Fijian Government in order to address this issue in the country.

“The whole point is to cover the whole population so we are working with the Government to improve the current immunisation programmes.

“New born babies are not immunised because the level of coverage in communities at the moment is not good,” she said.

Dr Capuano said the World Health Organisation remain committed to supporting and working with the Fijian Government in its efforts to safeguard the children of  Fiji.

“I take this opportunity to congratulate the Government of Fiji for its commitment to protect the children of Fiji through immunisation. Supplementary immunisation is a special campaign to immunise children over a short period of time to quickly raise communal immunity against the risks from measles and rubella,” she said.

“WHO remains committed to support and work with the Government of Fiji and partners in this important work.”

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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