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UNICEF, WHO And Health Ministry Move To Contain Zimbabwe's Measles Crisis


UNICEF spokeswoman Tsitsi Singizi said that while officials are not declaring a measles epidemic just yet, the situation is very bad across Zimbabwe with cases reported in 55 of the country's 62 districts

Moving to contain the spread of deadly measles throughout Zimbabwe, the Ministry of Health, the United Nations Children's Fund, the World Health Organization and other organizations will launch a major immunization drive in May aiming to reach all children in the country under the age of 14.

UNICEF Zimbabwe spokeswoman Tsitsi Singizi told VOA Studio 7 reporter Sandra Nyaira that measles has reached crisis levels, obliging Harare and its partners to step up efforts to stop its spread.

Many rural communities in eastern Zimbabwe have seen emergency clinics set up as was done to fight the 2008-2009 cholera epidemic.

Singizi told VOA Studio 7 reporter Sandra Nyaira that while officials are not declaring a measles epidemic just yet, the situation is very bad countrywide with cases reported in 55 of the country's 62 districts.

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