The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – Libya is set to launch a campaign overseen by the World Health Organization (WHO) to vaccinate more than 2.7 million children after months of shortages, the Tripoli-based Health Ministry said on Wednesday.
The “national immunization campaign”, organised with the United Nations (UN) children fund UNICEF, is expected to begin tomorrow, Libya’s WHO representative Jaafar Hassan told a press conference.
The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) has faced major difficulties with its vaccine supply, over which the state has a monopoly.
Nearly a year’s worth of vaccine shortages have pushed many Libyan parents with newborns to travel to other countries or to import drugs themselves.
“Three months ago, Libya filed an application with international organisations to help them cope with a serious shortage of vaccines,” said head of the National Center for Disease Control Badereddine al-Najjar.
“The answer… was quick,” he said, adding that Germany had financed the vaccines.
UNICEF has also played a role in importing and distributing vaccines, he added.