U.N and Bangladesh move to prevent cholera outbreak in Rohingya camp with Vaccination
Oct 11, 2017 Health 3748 By Sharon Ayomide
- U.N and Bangladesh move to prevent cholera outbreak in Rohingya camp with Vaccination.
- It's the second-largest oral vaccination campaign in the world.
- The campaign aims to vaccinate 650,000 people in less than a month.
The United Nations in conjunction with the Bangladeshi government and a host of NGOs have launched a massive Cholera vaccination campaign in Bangladesh's Cox'S Bazar to saves the hundreds of thousands of lives present there from a cholera outbreak.
Bangladesh's Ministry of Health, supported by The World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF and other NGOs distributed oral vaccine to 88,000 Rohingya on Tuesday in a large-scale campaign that aims to vaccinate 650,000 people in the next three and a half weeks.
It's the second-largest oral vaccination campaign in the world, after another in Haiti last year. It will involve 900,000 doses of vaccine.
"I won't be surprised if we have a few cholera cases coming among all these diarrheal diseases because it is inevitable," Dr. Navaratnasamy Paranietharan, a WHO representative at Cox's Bazar, told Journalists.
"With the vaccination campaign and based on our analysis, we do not expect a large cholera outbreak among this population. It's not going to be like Yemen or other places."
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has also urged for precautionary measures to avoid the outbreak.
"Clean water and safe drinking water is critical in reducing and preventing these kind of diseases," Yante Ismail, a UNHCR spokesperson stated.