Lebanon: 600,000 doses of cholera vaccine arrives in Beirut

On Oct. 6, Lebanon detected two confirmed cholera cases in the northern part of the country, representing the first cholera outbreak in Lebanon since 1993.

BEIRUT – Lebanon’s Ministry of Public Health has received 600,000 doses of cholera vaccine from the International Coordination Group (ICG) managing the global supply of cholera vaccines.

A statement released by the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the vaccines were delivered to the Health Ministry’s Central Drug Warehouse and will be used in a vaccination campaign to be launched on Nov. 12.

“The campaign will target all refugees and host communities aged one year and above, aiming to reach 70 percent of the target population over the coming three weeks,” it said.

Abdinasir Abubakar, WHO Representative in Lebanon, said that the vaccines will be a key tool to boost their response as the cholera outbreak is fast spreading in the country.

“The arrival of these vaccines in the country is timely and thanks to our collective efforts with the Ministry of Public Health of Lebanon, UN agencies, and our partners on the ground,” he said.

The statement said that the WHO covers the total cost of the 600,000 doses, and the ICG provides technical guidance on the selection of target areas and training of the people responsible for the vaccine deployment.

As of Nov. 9, Lebanon registered a total of 490 confirmed cases of cholera, while the death toll from the infection reached 18.

On Oct. 6, Lebanon detected two confirmed cholera cases in the northern part of the country, representing the first cholera outbreak in Lebanon since 1993.

Lebanon cholera: UN to target over 1.5 million people, support early containment

November 10, 2022

BEIRUT – Two UN humanitarian relief funds on Thursday allocated 9.5 million U.S. dollars to prevent the spread of cholera in Lebanon. A statement released by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian [Read More]

Lebanon to launch cholera vaccination campaign as outbreak under control: minister

November 9, 2022

BEIRUT – Lebanese Health Minister Firas Abiad said on Tuesday that his country will launch the first-phase vaccination campaign against cholera on Saturday as the outbreak is now under control, the National News Agency reported. [Read More]

 

About Famagusta Gazette 6250 Articles
In addition to our Mediterranean perspective, Famagusta Gazette publish extensive coverage of world news, travel and tourism features, and financial information. Follow us on Twitter @FamagustaG