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Syria receives two million cholera vaccines

Syria receives two million cholera vaccines

Damascus, Nov 30 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Ministry of Health received two million doses of cholera vaccine from the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) and the Global Vaccine Initiative (GAVI).

The vaccines will be applied during the next vaccination campaign, slated to begin on December 4th and set to last for two weeks.

“Despite worldwide vaccine shortages, caused by growing cholera outbreaks, we have managed to secure current aid to improve the health response,” said Health Minister Hassan Muhammad Al-Ghobash.

He noted that the vaccine is safe and was approved by the WHO, and has been used successfully around the world.

According to Al-Ghobash, the vaccination campaign will begin in the provinces of Aleppo, Deir Ezzor, Hasakeh and Raqa, as they are currently the most affected by the disease and considered that the epidemiological situation their is under control and in a declining phase.

According to the latest report published by the health authorities, the cumulative total of confirmed cases rose to 1,556, while the number of deaths reached 49.

They explained that the main cause of death continues to be the delay in requesting medical attention at health centers.

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