South Kivu: The measles vaccination campaign was launched in the Fizi health zone, where 56 deaths were reported in 2022

Aimé Kawaya Mutipula, Administrator of the Territory of Fizi (South Kivu), this Thursday 16 June officially launched the vaccination campaign against measles in the health zone of Fizi.

Speaking to a delegation from the provincial health department, the administrator urged parents to have their children vaccinated as the Fizi area is among the areas hardest hit by this epidemic, recording child deaths.

“We are launching this vaccination campaign today to save the lives of our children who are at risk from the measles outbreak. I ask parents to properly vaccinate their children as it is a sign of love for them,” the area manager said.

according to dr Albert Mangahiko, chief physician of the Fizi Health Zone, his health authority has registered 3,251 cases of measles since the beginning of the current year, the victims of which are people aged 6 months to 5 years.

“From the first week of the current year to the 24th week we have registered 3251 cases. Unfortunately, 56 of the patients died. We lost the children to this disease. If all children were vaccinated now, we would not have lost all these children. I also want to make it clear that if the vaccinated child has just contracted measles, we need not fear. It is for this reason that I say that the government has heard our cry of alarm by conducting this major campaign to vaccinate children,” he said.

For its part, the new civil society, through its Baraka City Coordinator Jacques Abungulu, also urged parents not to neglect this vaccination given the child deaths recorded in several medical facilities in Baraka and throughout the Fizi area.

“First we would like to thank the government for bringing us this long-awaited vaccine. But there is one major weakness, because children have been dying of measles here since the beginning of the year. We wondered if the state wouldn’t see. We ask parents to bring the children for vaccination and not get carried away by the circulating news that the latter is Covid-19,” Mr Abungulu said.

Launched by the Government through its partners MSF and UNICEF, this vaccination campaign will last 7 days and cover the 16 areas that make up the Fizi Health Zone.

Lubunga Lavoix, in Baraka

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