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Deadly childhood diseases rise in Ethiopia’s Tigray as war hampers vaccinations

Deadly childhood diseases rise in Ethiopia’s Tigray as war hampers vaccinations

DEADLY diseases such as measles, tetanus and whooping cough are on the rise in Ethiopia's Tigray region after vaccination rates plunged during the civil war that broke out nearly two years ago, doctors and regional health officials say. The percentage of children in Tigray receiving routine vaccines has fallen below 10% this year, data from the Tigray Health Bureau show, undoing years of government efforts to boost immunisation rates. "The hopes of the children in the region to grow healthier and happier were snatched away in a blink of an eye," the bureau said in a letter this month to…
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