WHO sends yellow fever vaccines to Sudan's Darfur region

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Yellow Fever spreading mosquito

A major vaccination campaign is to be carried out in Sudan's Darfur region, to contain the outbreak of yellow fever, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

To-date over 370 suspected cases have been reported, including 110 deaths. Most of the cases have been reported in Central, South, West, North and East Darfur region.

The vaccination campaign is targeting more than 2 million people in the affected districts. Tarik Jasarevic from WHO says vaccination is the single and most important measure that can be taken in preventing the spread of yellow fever.

"Today the first vaccines will arrive in Sudan. it has been planned that 2.4 million doses will be sent today and the second flight is on Sunday. And that the vaccination will start on 24th of November in the 12 infected districts across Darfur."

WHO says it was also working with the Sudan federal ministry of health to train doctors, medical assistants and nurses on yellow fever case identification and management.

Patrick Maigua United Nations Radio Geneva.

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