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Romania, over 200,000 children not vaccinated

Gov't campaign to restrict measles outbreak

28 July, 10:58
(ANSA) - BUCHAREST - Over 200,000 children, aged from 9 months to 9 years old are not vaccinated against measles in Romania, says a report by the Health Ministry. The Health and Interior ministries have initiated a campaign to conduct a survey in all counties in an attempt to restrict the measles outbreak.

A 29-year-old person from Dolj county has died of post-measles complications last week, with the death toll climbing to 32 since the beginning of the outbreak.

The National Center of Surveillance and Control of Infectious Diseases has announced that the total number of measles cases confirmed in Romania reported by last Friday is 8,246, with 229 more case as against the previous week.

Overall, the report revealed there are currently 224,202 children aged from 9 months to 9yo, who were not vaccinated against measles.

According to The Romania Journal, on Wednesday the Health minister Florian Bodog proposed dismissals for the executive directors and deputy executive directors of the Public Health Directions in five counties: Caras-Severin, Hunedoara, Neamt, Prahova and Ilfov, for not implementing the national vaccination campaign. ''Five Public Health Directions reported a vaccination rate below 50 percent, an extremely low level,'' Bodog argued.

However, PM Mihai Tudose on Thursday voiced discontent with the actions taken by the Health minister, saying they are ''in fact a poor start''. (ANSA).

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