KRG launches measles vaccination campaign to safeguard children's health

"Measles is a communicable disease. If the disease is not controlled and continues, there will be no immunity among children and future generations, leading to a surge in cases," Barzanji cautioned.
A nurse preparing the measles vaccine to administer, April 16. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)
A nurse preparing the measles vaccine to administer, April 16. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – KRG’s Minister of Health Saman Barzanji emphasized the critical importance of controlling measles, a highly contagious disease that poses a threat to children's health, during a press conference held in Duhok on Tuesday, April 16, 2024.

Barzanji announced the commencement of a comprehensive measles vaccination campaign in the Kurdistan Region, stressing the need to reach children in every corner of the region, including remote villages and areas with limited access to healthcare services.

Highlighting the urgency of the campaign, Barzanji warned of the potential consequences if measles is left unchecked. "Measles is a communicable disease. If the disease is not controlled and continues, there will be no immunity among children and future generations, leading to a surge in cases," he cautioned.

The vaccination initiative targets children at specific intervals, with the first dose administered at nine months of age and a mixed measles vaccination provided at 15 months. Additionally, children between the ages of four and six receive a second dose to ensure long-term immunity.

Barzanji underscored the significance of this year's campaign, citing meticulous planning and swift execution to ensure maximum vaccine coverage among children. "In a short period, a large number of children will receive the mixed measles vaccination," he affirmed.

The Ministry of Health's proactive approach to combating measles reflects its commitment to safeguarding the health and well-being of Kurdistan's youngest residents, underscoring the region's dedication to public health initiatives.

Measles remains a significant public health concern globally, with outbreaks posing serious threats to vulnerable populations, particularly children. The Kurdistan Region's vaccination campaign underscores its commitment to disease prevention and underscores the importance of immunization in protecting communities from infectious diseases.

Some Photos of the vaccination campaign:

A nurse administrating the vaccine to a child.
A nurse administrating the vaccine to a child.
A nurse administrating the vaccine.
A nurse administrating the vaccine.
Waiting in line, the children's vaccination against the measles.
Waiting in line, the children's vaccination against the measles.