Measles Vaccine Kills 15 Children In South Sudan
Fifteen children have died in South Sudan after receiving a measles vaccine in the southeastern state of Kapoeta.
According to Health Minister Riek Gai Kok, the vaccines had not been properly refrigerated and had been mixed using the same syringe for four days.
Presstv.com reports: An investigation showed that local officials failed to follow immunization guidelines during a four-day campaign to vaccinate around 300 people in the southeastern state of Kapoeta in May, Kok said.
“The team that vaccinated the children in this tragic event were neither qualified nor trained for the immunization,” he added.
The campaign came amid a measles outbreak that has killed 70 children this year, the latest tragedy to strike the world’s youngest nation, which has been gripped by civil war for over three years – affecting its ability to deliver decent healthcare.