The head of the who warned of possible outbreaks of measles and polio

MOSCOW, 23 APR – RIA Novosti. Failures in work of services of vaccination, which occur because of the pandemic of the novel coronavirus, can lead to outbreaks of infectious diseases such as measles and polio, the statement said world health organization (who).

“the Termination of the immunization services as a result of the pandemic COVID-19 risk of outbreaks of diseases that can be prevented with safe and effective vaccines,” – noted in the who statement, timed to coincide with world immunization week from April 24 to April 30.

who notes that when service of vaccination during emergencies begin to work intermittently, even if the interruptions lasted a short time, increasing the risk of diseases such as measles and polio. The organisation recalls that the outbreak of measles in 2019 in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed more than 6 thousand people.

“disease Outbreaks should not be a threat, when we have safe and effective vaccines to protect us. While the world seeks to develop a new vaccine for COVID-19 with record speed, we must not lose the battle to protect people from diseases that are preventable with vaccines. These diseases will come back if we don’t vaccinate”, – said the head of the who tedros adhanom Ghebreyesus.

the who urged countries to an outbreak of the coronavirus “to protect immunization services”, in order to minimize disease outbreaks and loss of life.

the world health organization on 11 March announced the outbreak of a new coronavirus infection COVID-19 pandemic. According to the latest world health organization, worldwide there were more than 2.47 million infections, more than 169 thousand people died. The European region is ranked first in the number of infections in the world (1 219 486 cases).

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