International medical charity Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said Monday it has vaccinated more than 200,000 people against cholera in South Sudan during a four-week campaign.
The second batch of preventive vaccination campaign was conducted in 12 areas of the capital Juba, where people were identified most at risk in previous cholera outbreaks, the MSF said in a statement issued in Juba.
The vaccine would increase people’s immunity and level of protection against the deadly diarrheal disease from one year to three to five years, the charity added.
“The campaign has helped to provide protection to a population that most needs it, at a critical time now that the rainy season has started,” said Will Harper, head of the MSF mission in South Sudan.
“The second dose will provide even better protection against the deadly disease in areas of historically high rates of cholera transmission,” Harper added.
South Sudan is prone to cholera outbreaks, with the most recent one, which ended in February this year, affecting at least 20,000 people and killing 436.
According to the World Health Organization, millions of people around the world continue to be affected by cholera every year, with an estimated 140,000 deaths per year. Enditem