The Government of Bangladesh, in support of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) launched a vaccination campaign against diphtheria and other preventable diseases for all Rohingya children aged between six weeks to six years.

The immunization will cover nearly 255,000 children in Ukhiya and Teknaf sub-districts in Cox’s Bazar.

Diphtheria is an infectious respiratory disease caused by a potent toxin. It is produced by certain strains of the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae.

It spreads through air droplets by coughing or sneezing. The risk factors include crowding, poor hygiene and lack of immunization.

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