Cameroon’s Public Health Minister, André Mama Fouda, said in a statement the country is running out of “Bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG) vaccine, used to prevent Tuberculosis and severe respiratory diseases attributed to Koch’s bacillus.This situation, which dates back to early December, is attributed to a bottleneck in the international supply chain for vaccines.
While announcing an imminent return to normal in health facilities, Mr. Mama Fouda “recommended mothers to limit contact of newborns with third parties pending the arrival soon of the vaccine.”
The World Health Organization reports the Saudi-led blockade of Yemen’s sea ports is hampering efforts to contain a diphtheria outbreak that, so far, has caused 197 cases of the disease, including 22 deaths.
Diphtheria has spread to 13 of Yemen’s 22 governorates, including the capital Sana’a, since the first case was detected less than two weeks ago. World Health Organization spokesman Christian Lindmeier, says the Saudi blockade is hindering WHO’s ability to import the vaccines needed to keep the disease in check.
“There is still not even one dose of Tetanus-Diphtheria vaccine in the country for children above five years and young adults," said Lindmeier. "Around 8.5 million doses are needed for three rounds of the vaccination campaign.”