Officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) led their colleagues from Somalia’s Ministry of Health to respond to the outbreak of measles in Kismayo.
The 5-day campaign lasted from October 7-11.
WHO issued a statement stating that it remains committed to other health threats despite the massive challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic presents.
The global organization reminded all stakeholders that vulnerable members of the community, especially in Somalia, are afflicted by other health needs too that require fast intervention.
It partnered with the federal health ministry as well as Jubbaland’s Ministry of Health.
During the campaign, over 56,000 children aged 6 months to 5 years received measles vaccines and vitamin A shots.
Moreover, Albendazole tablets were administered to children older than 1 year.
The global health body urged parents and health officials to ensure that children are not denied access to life-saving vaccines despite the disruption of COVID-19 on essential health services.