WHO head warns of possible measles and polio outbreaks

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Malfunctions in vaccination services due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus can lead to outbreaks of infectious diseases such as measles and polio, the World Health Organization ( WHO ) said in a statement.

“The cessation of immunization services due to the COVID-19 pandemic is fraught with the risk of outbreaks of diseases that can be prevented with safe and effective vaccines,” the WHO statement on the occasion of World Immunization Week, April 24-30, says.

WHO notes that when emergency vaccination services start to work intermittently, even if these interruptions last for a short time, the risk of diseases such as measles and poliomyelitis increases. The organization recalls that due to the measles outbreak in 2019, more than 6 thousand people died in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“Outbreaks of disease should not remain a threat when we have safe and effective vaccines for our protection. While the world is striving to develop a new vaccine for COVID-19 at record speeds, we must not lose the battle to protect people from diseases that can be prevented with vaccines. These diseases will come back if we don’t get vaccinated, “said WHO Head Tedros Adhan Ghebreyesus.

WHO has called on countries with coronavirus outbreaks to “protect immunization services” to minimize disease outbreaks and deaths.

The World Health Organization on March 11 announced an outbreak of a new coronavirus infection COVID-19 with a pandemic.

According to the latest WHO data, more than 2.47 million cases of infection have been recorded in the world, over 169 thousand people have died. The European Region ranks first in the number of infections in the world (1,219,486 cases).


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