Fighting Tuberculosis: Cameroon runs short of vaccine; Government reassures

The Minister of Public Health, Andre Mama Fouda has called on nursing mothers in Cameroon to be cautious and not expose their children to bacteria which transmit tuberculosis.

This warning which is contained in a release signed this 6th Decemeber 2017 further states that Cameroon is out of supplies of the BCG vaccine, the vaccine that protects young children against tuberculosis.

The Public Health Minister explained that the situation experienced this December 2017 is due to a blockage of orders in the international supply chain for the vaccines.

Minister Andre Mama Fouda however reassures Cameroonians that the vaccine will soon be available in all health facilities.

It is worth mentioning that the tuberculosis vaccine is one of the very first administered to children after birth.

Tuberculosis is an airborne infectious disease that usually affects the lungs.

Statistics from the World Health Organisation indicate that about nine million people are infected by the bacteria yearly.

Eleanor Ayuketah

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