“We are facing a mounting humanitarian crisis that is not likely to be reduced or lowered in the days to come,” Ms. Nabaa said, “so we are extremely mobilized in the sense of providing the necessary life-saving assistance to whatever number of people.”
Also today, the Iraqi Ministry of Health, supported by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF launched a polio immunization campaign aiming to protect over four million children under the age of five.
“This campaign comes at a critical time while the country is witnessing a huge internal exodus of children fleeing violence and turmoil,” said Marzio Babille, UNICEF Iraq Representative.
The WHO representative in the country, Dr. Syed Jaffar Hussain added that “as the violence spreads, children are being displaced up to three times with their families, often living in overcrowded conditions where they are at a much higher risk of contracting infectious diseases.”
The four-day immunization campaign is part of the national response to the re-emergence of the polio virus earlier this year, which ended nearly 14 years of Iraq’s polio-free status.
(Source: United Nations News Centre)
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