WHO, UNICEF: “Sharp Decline in Vaccination”

On July 15, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) released data on alarming decline in number of children receiving vaccines.

Highlights

Around 14 million children missed out measles and DTP3 (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Petrussis) vaccine. Most of them live in Africa. Two-thirds of them live in Brazil, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Indonesia, India, Nigeria, Mexico, Pakistan and Philippines

Key Findings

According to the data released by the organizations of the United Nations, the Human Papilona Virus (HPV) is under great danger of lapsing. The vaccine was administered in 106 countries.

The report says that the number of children completing three doses of DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Petrussis) vaccine dipped. This is the first time in 28 years that the coverage of DTP3 vaccine has reduced. Also, at least 30 measles vaccination campaigns are at risk of being cancelled.

India

The report says that in India, most of the states had halted immunization activities. In Uttar Pradesh, at least 1.5 million children missed their vaccination doses.

Reasons

The decline in vaccination is mainly because, people are unable to leave home due to COVID-19 lock down. The other reasons include economic hardships, transport interruptions, restriction in movement, etc. The heath workers were unavailable for the service.

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