Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- The Guinean government Thursday in Conakry launched the 2007 second round of immunisation of 2 million children against several killer diseases.
During the campaign, which ends 30 December, medical teams will administer Vitamin A to children aged 6 months to 5 years; screen children aged between 1 and 5 years and immunise children aged between 0 and 1 year against tuberculosis, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, hepatitis B, measles and yellow fever.
The campaign is organised by the Public Health Ministry, in collaboration with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the NGO Helen Keller International (HKI).
At the launch, the representative of UNESCO in Guinea, Dr.
Mohamed Cissé, said "over 62,000 children below 5 years die every year of infectious diseases, which can be avoided or cured".
He said Guinea had made a significant progress in the immunisation coverage and Vitamin A supplementation since 2005, adding, however, that the current situation remained "unacceptable" due to many avoidable deaths.
The campaign comes within the framework of the third child health week, initiated in 2006 as a contribution to the Guinean Child Month for the improvement of health, the survival and development of children.