Experts caution against immunisation stagnation in Africa

Global immunisation experts attending the biannual Regional Immunisation Technical Advisory Group (RITAG) meeting in Brazzaville, has urged African countries to strengthen their routine immunisation.  Over the past five years, immunisation coverage in sub-Saharan Africa has stagnated at 72 per cent, exposing populations to vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks. The immunisation experts also emphasised the importance of increased domestic investment in disease surveillance and the need for community engagement to drive vaccine deployment during outbreaks. “The regional experts’ meeting presented a unique opportunity to assess current and future immunisation needs in Africa,”…

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