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Press Release: Update on the Activities of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) National Vaccination Campaign 2016

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Press Release: Update on the Activities of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) National Vaccination Campaign 2016
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The Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) National Vaccination Campaign continues for the third week until 14 November (the target group is children between 1-13 years old). Teams from the Ministry of Public Health, Primary Health Care Corporation and Hamad Medical Corporation continue their activities in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

The total number of children vaccinated is about 70,000 across schools, Primary Healthcare Centers, Qatar Petroleum health facilities, Sidra Medical and Research Center and several private health facilities. The total number of schools covered to date is 131 schools—101 government and independent schools and 30 private schools.

The campaign has been receiving great attention and interest from the leaders and officials of the Ministry of Public Health. Shk. Dr. Mohamed bin Hamad Al Thani, Director of Public Health at the Ministry, visited one of the private schools earlier this morning to view the campaign’s activities. He expressed his satisfaction with the good progress of the campaign and he praised the commitment of the medical teams to the highest standards in vaccine administration, confirming that this had great impact on the fact that thus far there has been no significant adverse events recorded amongst the vaccinated children, even with the high number of children being vaccinated daily.

It is important to highlight that the American Communicable Disease Center (CDC) has been providing technical support to the Ministry of Public Health through their experts, who have come to the State of Qatar especially for the campaign. They have been providing support and assistance to the Ministry’s experts and vaccinating teams via daily visits to various schools and medical facilities to share their expertise to ensure the success of the campaign and for it to reach its objectives.

This national vaccination campaign is part of the State of Qatar’s efforts to reach the World Health Organization’s target to eliminate measles by the year 2020.