SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

Most of Kyrgyzstan vaccinated against measles, rubella amid outbreak

Kyrgyzstan has vaccinated 95 percent of its population against measles and rubella. | Courtesy of medicalexpo.com

Almost the entire population of Kyrgyzstan has been vaccinated against measles and rubella, Oleg Gorin, the nation's deputy minister of health and chief sanitary doctor, said last week.

Since the beginning of the year, approximately 20,670 suspected measles cases were reported in Kyrgyzstan. The vaccination campaign was conducted nationally so that the country can stabilize its health and contain the outbreak.

As part of the campaign, over 2 million citizens have received vaccinations for measles and rubella, or approximately 95 percent of the nation's population. Those receiving the vaccine were between the ages of 1 and 20 years old.

The campaign was launched in two stages. The first was administered March16-28 in the Chui region and the City of Bishkek. The second stage was administered between May 12-23 in Naryn, Issyk-Kul, Talas, Osh, Batken and Jalal-Abad.