20 million children globally risk dying from measles, tetanus, diphtheria

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO said, “While most children today are being vaccinated, far too many are left behind. Unacceptably, it is often those who are most at risk — the poorest, the most marginalised, those touched by conflict or forced from their homes — who are persistently missed.”

He added that vaccines remain one of the most trusted and basic preventers of such outbreaks and that the world is not safe in their absence.

Measles, which is one of the most contagious diseases with the potential to be extremely severe, risen by 300 per cent in the first three months of 2019 which arrays a continuous increase in the first two years, the East African reports.

The most affected countries include the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Myanmar, the Philippines, Sudan, Thailand, and Ukraine, causing many deaths – mostly among young children.


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