WHO investigates Azerbaijan’s readiness for vaccination of children against pneumococcal infection
Azerbaijan, Baku, 25 June / Trend I. Isabalaeva /
The World Health Organization (WHO) learns the level of Azerbaijan's readiness for carrying out vaccination of children against pneumococcal disease, the Deputy Director of the Republican Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology of the Azerbaijani Health Ministry, Afag Aliyeva, told Trend on Thursday.
According to her, the visit of the WHO assessment mission to Azerbaijan is expected in the near future.
"The WHO experts will evaluate the level of preparatory work, after which the supplies of vaccines will be delivered to the republic," Aliyeva said.
It is planned to start vaccinating children in Azerbaijan till the end of the year. The children under one year will be vaccinated with 10-valent anti-pneumococcal vaccines three times. Instructions for using vaccines are ready and trainings are being carried out, Aliyeva said.
According to the Director of the Research Institute of Pediatrics, chief pediatrician of the Health Ministry Nasib Guliyev, the most common diseases among children in Azerbaijan are the diseases of the respiratory tract. After these vaccinations the number of children ill with pneumonia, meningitis and inflammation of the upper respiratory tract caused by pneumococcus will dramatically decrease.