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Over 475,000 Rohingya kids to be vaccinated against diphtheria

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

As part of an intensified response to the current outbreak, WHO, and health sector partners are working with Bangladesh's health ministry to vaccinate more than 475,000 children in Rohingya refugee camps and temporary settlements.

"All efforts are being made to stop further spread of The of children in the Rohingya camps and nearby areas demonstrates the health sector's commitment to protecting people, particularly children, against deadly diseases," said Dr Bardan Jung Rana, WHO to

Nearly 150,000 children aged six weeks to seven years received pentavalent vaccine (that protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, type B and hepatitis B), and nearly 166,000 children aged seven to 17 years were given and (Td) vaccine, during a three-week campaign that ended on December 31.

Two more rounds of with a diphtheria- containing vaccine, at intervals of one month, are planned to fully protect the children in camps and surrounding areas.

"Children are particularly vulnerable to diphtheria. Volunteers are making door-to-door visits in the Rohingya settlements to ensure all children receive vaccination.

"The massive influx within a very short time has heavily affected in the settlement areas. They have no choice but to live in a very congested environment, which is impacting their health and quality of life. We are making continued efforts to improve conditions of the camps," country said.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 16:15 IST