Measles vaccination campaign starts in Deir Ezzor, targeting 9000 children

Deir Ezzor, SANA – The activities of the national measles vaccination campaign started in Deir Ezzor on Monday, targeting 9000 children aged 5-12.

Attending the launching of the campaign at Omar al-Moukhtar School, Deir Ezzor Governor Mohammad Ibrahim Samra affirmed that the government seeks to provide all services to the citizens of Deir Ezzor, particularly the health services.

As this campaign is the first after ISIS siege on Deir Ezzor city has been broken by the Syrian army, the governor recalled that vaccination campaigns did not stop during the siege, as the vaccines used to be transported on board army helicopters.

For his part, head of Deir Ezzor Health Directorate Abd Najm al-Obeid said that the campaign targets 9000 children aged 5-12 in addition to children between 7 months and five years old who missed the previous similar campaign carried out by the ministry last May.

He pointed out that nine vaccination points were opened at health centers and a medical point was opened at Harabish neighborhood, in addition to 4 schools within the city, supported by 5 mobile teams to provide vaccines at makeshift centers and in neighborhoods, stressing that “the vaccines are safe and free for all children.”

This campaign came within the framework of the national campaign launched by the Ministry of Health in all provinces on September 17. It continues until September 28 and is being carried out in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) through 1073 health centers, 1280 mobile teams and more than 8,000 health workers.

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