In the year 2020, 23 million children worldwide have been deprived of the life-saving vaccine required under the Common Immunization Program due to the Corona epidemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) have made this disclosure in their joint report. According to the report, in the year 2020, there were 1.7 crore children who have not received a single dose of any vaccine.
WHO chief Tedros A, Ghebreyesus, says that all the other important vaccination campaigns in the world are leaving behind the corona vaccine. The reality is that in this mess, we are creating a danger to the children. This negligence will result in cases of measles, polio, and meningitis, which are fatal and painful diseases in children. He said that in the midst of the corona epidemic, the knock of these diseases is an alarm bell for the health system. All countries need to pay special attention to this.
The situation worsens in Southeast Asian regions...
According to WHO, the situation is worse in Southeast Asian regions. India, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Mexico are the countries where the essential vaccination campaign for children has been affected due to the corona epidemic. In most of these countries, children have not received the first dose of the combined DTP-1 vaccine. The reason for not vaccinating children is due to fear of corona and lack of a better system.
The drop in vaccination rates is worrying
According to the report, 35 lakh children did not receive the first dose of the DTP-1 vaccine in 2019. Similarly, three million children did not receive the first dose of the measles vaccine. Gavi CEO Dr. Seth Berkeley says that before the pandemic the rate of DPT, measles, and polio vaccinations was 86 percent, compared to the WHO standard of 95 percent. They point out that the drop in vaccination rates due to the pandemic is a worrying situation. All countries will have to pay attention to this, not diseases like measles, polio can again create new problems.