Blame traded as vaccination kills Sudanese kids

Sudanese kidsFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – THE death of 15 South Sudanese children following a botched measles vaccination campaign has been blamed on a lack of funds.
Luis Lobong, governor of the southeastern Kapoeta State, absolved his administration of blame when he appeared before Parliament.
He pointed out the United Nations Children’s Fund and World Health Organisation administered the vaccination earlier this month.
“When we asked for funding to train nurses and volunteers who were to administer the vaccines, there was no funding from UNICEF,” the governor alleged.
Lobong was appearing before enraged legislators demanded reparations and justice to the families bereaved and the resignation of the governor and his administration.
Lobong nonetheless expressed regret at the death of the children.
The 15 minors were among 300 vaccinated against Measles in Nachodokopele village. Thirty-two other children suffered similar symptoms of fever, vomiting and diarrhoea but recovered.
It has been alleged children as young as ten years participated as volunteers to administer measles vaccines.
UNICEF and WHO have blamed the tragedy severe sepsis / toxicity resulting from the administration of a contaminated vaccine.
It emerged vaccines were stored at recommended temperatures to preserve their quality.
The exercise as the fifth in South Sudan but the first beset by tragedy.
The country has experienced significant measles outbreaks among unprotected population caused by a backlog of unvaccinated children in areas of insecurity.

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