Republic of the Congo to vaccinate 4 mln people against yellow fever

Nigeria Department of Health poster showing an African in traditional clothing being inoculated. Illustrated by A Folorin (Photo by David Pollack/Corbis via Getty Images)

The Republic of the Congo’s Inter-Agency Coordinating Committee for Immunization adopted Saturday a plan to implement the preventive vaccination campaign against yellow fever.

According to the committee, this campaign aims to reach at least four million people aged between 9 and 60.

“Our country is part of the yellow fever epidemic belt,” the country’s Minister of Health and Population Gilbert Mokoki said, adding that according to the latest epidemiological analysis, the country is at the risk of yellow fever epidemics.

The main objective of this prevention campaign is to increase the level of immunity of the population against yellow fever in all health districts across the country and prevent yellow fever epidemics, said Mokoki.

In 2018, the country had already organized, in collaboration with the World Health Organization and its partners, a vaccination campaign that managed to immunize more than one million people in six days.