Cameroon Launches Measles Vaccination Campaign as New Outbreak Emerges

Cameroon has begun a measles vaccination drive on its northern border with Nigeria after several dozen children, mostly of former fighters fleeing Boko Haram terrorism, were found with measles. 

Chief Medical Officer in Meri, Prosper Essomba, who supervises the vaccination campaign, said he first inoculated his 1-year-old son to convince parents that vaccination is safe for their children. 

Essomba said about 100 vaccination teams were deployed in all villages around Meri to inoculate at least 67,000 children in one week.

Cameroon health officials said several dozen measles infections were reported within the past two weeks in nine other hospitals in Cameroon’s Far North region, where Meri is located.

Last year, about 1,500 confirmed cases were reported in 79 district hospitals out of 190 in Cameroon.

Health officials said that since the report of COVID-19 in the central African state in March 2020, parents have been afraid to take their children to hospitals for vaccinations.


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