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Vaccination kills 15 Children In Southern Sudan

Immunisation carried out, on children in Southern Sudan has caused the death of not less than fifteen children.

This was due to the use of unsterilised syringe, and also it was noticed that the vaccine was not stored properly done, while the vaccination was not well done.

The children were said to have been immunized against measles according to officials.

As a result, the immunisation campaign caused severe infection and sepsis.

According to the health minister, the team administering the vaccinations was “neither qualified nor trained” to do so.

During the immunisation campaign about 300 people were vaccinated in the Kapoeta region, including 32 other children who fell ill, but survived, Riek Gai Kok added.

United Nations children’s fund (Unicef), has been targeting eradication of measles in Southern Sudan, with the aim of vaccinating 1.2 million children this year.

According to report from the Associated Press , children as young as 12 were administering the vaccine to others, probably the cause of bad administration.

Sepsis is a potentially deadly immune response triggered by an infection which spreads quickly in the body.

It can lead to multiple organ failure and death.

South Sudan declared independence in 2011, but has struggled to maintain basic services – including healthcare – after a civil war erupted in 2013.

The United Nations estimates more than one million children have fled the country during the conflict, and a million more are displaced within the country.

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