250,000 Libyan children at Risk due to vaccine shortages: WHO

250,000 Libyan children at Risk due to vaccine shortages: WHO

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Geneva, May 19 : Lives of some 250,000 Libyan children under the age of one are at risk because of severe vaccine shortages; warned the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in a joint statement issued on Tuesday. The COVID-19 pandemic coupled with the armed struggle in the country has increased the risks to children’s health and well-being manifold and hoped that this official statement would ring the alarm bells the world over regarding the on going tragedy in the north African nation, says a Sputnik news report.

The statement noted that access to routine immunization services has been disrupted due to the Covid-19 lock down which enhances the risk of a measles or a polio outbreak. Important vaccines such as the hexavalent vaccine(which protects against six diseases diphtheria, Haemophilus influenzae type B and viral hepatitis B, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis) and oral polio vaccine are critically short in supply. People in remote and conflict hit areas are worse and may have already missed some vaccination doses noted the statement. (UNI)