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15 children die in S. Sudan’s Measles vaccination

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June 1, 2017 (JUBA) – Fifteen children died in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria region following failed Measles vaccination, health ministry and World Health Organization said.

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An aid workers administers a polio vaccine to a Sudanese boy (Photo: AFP)

South Sudan Minister of Health, Riek Gai Kok, said the death occurred in newly created Kapeota state.

“There were human errors such as poor storage of vaccines, use of single to vaccinate many people,” said Riek, speaking to reporters at the State House, after briefing President Salva Kiir the incident on Thursday.

Minister Riek said the “errors” led to vomiting and diarrhoea among the children leading to death within six hours of injection.

A World Health Organization (WHO) official who accompanied Minister Riek said the lifesaving vaccine shouldn’t lead to death.

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  • 2 June 2017 16:32, by Aguer Atem Bair

    Now who should be held accountable? The people saving lives are the one taking it away. There should be investigation as to why this incident occurred so that future children are protected..

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    • 3 June 2017 11:59, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      It’s a Dinka government policy of eliminating and exterminating lives of non Dinka population in South Sudan.

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