The World Health Organization (WHO) warns of a risk of the measles outbreak in Ukraine next year if it fails to carry out children vaccination, Acting Health Minister of Ukraine Juliana Suprun told UMN (Ukrainian Media Network).
She noted that Ukraine has the lowest immunization rates in the world, including Africa. Previously, Ukraine faced difficulties with getting vaccine, but now the country has procured high-quality vaccines from UNICEF and UNDP, according to Suprun.
Earlier, British Professor David Salisbury warned that an epidemic of whooping cough and measles could grip Ukraine.
Only every tenth child in Ukraine is immunized against tuberculosis, with only 2 percent of children being immunized against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough. These are the lowest rates in the world. This situation has been caused by the fact that for several years good vaccine has not been available in the country, and also a lot of parents refuse vaccines for their children, it is reported.