The interim Minister of Health of Lebanon, Firas Al-Abyad, reported this Saturday that so far 190,000 doses of cholera vaccines have been supplied in that country, as part of the national strategy to deal with this disease.
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According to data on the first week of the plan, half of those vaccinated are Lebanese, followed by refugees from Syria and Palestine, as well as people of other nationalities. The average age of those immunized fluctuates between five and 14 years of age.
In its first phase, the campaign covers four governorates in the north of this Middle Eastern country. Nearly a thousand health workers were deployed to serve 53 towns and 45,000 homes in more than six districts.
Al-Abyad informed the media that the vaccination plan will continue in the coming weeks with the intention of reaching 70 percent of the population by distributing the 600,000 doses received.
It is expected that during the second stage of the campaign, more than one million doses will be distributed, arriving in the country as a result of coordination between the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO).
According to this organization, the cholera outbreak occurring in Lebanon is the latest phase of an outbreak that began in Afghanistan and then spread to Pakistan, Iran, Iraq and Syria.
In its recent bulletin on the epidemiological situation, the Ministry of Health indicated that there are close to 4,000 cholera suspects, while 573 cases were confirmed and 20 patients died.