WHO warns of neglecting vaccinations during pandemic
Copenhagen: The World Health Organization's European office warned Thursday that to keep other infectious diseases in check, vaccination programmes must remain a priority even during the coronavirus pandemic.
The warning came as the UN body noted that while the spread of the novel coronavirus seemed to be "plateauing in western Europe, the gradient of the epi-curve steepens as we look east".
"Immunisation services are essential. If they have been interrupted, catch-up measures must be taken as quickly as possible," WHO regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, told a press conference.
"We cannot allow the impact of COVID-19 to be amplified by neglecting other vital health protection measures," Kluge added.
WHO's European branch was particularly concerned about a resurgence of measles, which affected 6,000 people on the continent in the first two months of this year.
"Immunisation has never been more important," said Siddhartha Datta, programme manager for vaccine-preventable diseases and immunisation at WHO Europe. - AFP