Measles Vaccination Program in Northern Syria Claim Lives of Fifteen Children

Published By : 18 Sep 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

A vaccination program against measles in northern Syria claimed lives of fifteen children; the program was soon halted. A tragedy of this form could damage the trust of people in health services of the central government in opposition ruled areas. 

An investigation was undertaken by a Syrian opposition group for discovering the reasons behind the tragic event. It found that instead of the dilute for the vaccine, a muscle relaxant that comes in a similar package was used in second round of vaccination in the Idlib province. 

People from the opposition’s interim healthcare directorate say that the investigation will continue to find out the people responsible. 

All the fifteen children that died from the vaccine were below two years of age; dozen more also fell sick.

About the matter, WHO said that a team of experts has been sent for providing assistance in investigating the matter, but the vitality of resuming immunization in Syria should not be ignored. 

A condition like measles, especially, is highly contagious and spreads through body fluids, saliva, mucus, tears, and via coughing or sneezing. 

After an uprising against country’s president turned into a civil war, people in northern Syria have to largely depend on the U.N., U.N’s agencies and many other NGO’s for essential medical services. The civil war has stretched to more than three and a half years now, and has left nearly 10.8 million people in the want for urgent aid; 4.7 million live in parts that are very difficult to reach.
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