How to improve childhood vaccination rates disrupted by COVID-19? | Coronavirus pandemic

Video Period 24 minutes 30 seconds

From: Inside Story

Measles instances are up 80 p.c because the pandemic disrupts routine immunisation campaigns.

For the previous two years, the world has targeted its consideration on battling COVID-19.

However that’s disrupted prevention and therapy programmes for different illnesses.

Tens of millions of youngsters have missed out on essential vaccinations for preventable sicknesses, together with measles, polio and yellow fever.

The World Well being Group says measles instances jumped by practically 80 p.c in January and February, in comparison with the identical interval final 12 months.

Practically 17 million youngsters didn’t get a single vaccine in 2020.

The United Nations Kids’s Fund (UNICEF) says 57 mass immunisation campaigns in 44 nations have been suspended because the coronavirus pandemic started.

So, what must be carried out to place youngster vaccinations again on observe?

Presenter: Dareen Abughaida

Visitors:

Dr Nadeem Jan – Public well being doctor who led Pakistan’s polio vaccine programme

Shabir Madhi – Dean of the college of well being sciences and professor of vaccinology, College of the Witwatersrand

Dr Bharat Pankhania – Senior medical lecturer, College of Exeter Medical Faculty

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