"The third UNICEF-chartered plane has arrived at Mitiga airport, Tripoli, completing the delivery of a total 4.7 million doses of Measles, Rubella and Polio vaccines, as well as 2.75 million doses of vitamin ‘A’ supplement, syringes and safety boxes," the UNICEF tweeted out on its account Thursday.
UNICEF added that these supplies will be essential in Libya’s National Vaccination Campaign run in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO) taking place at the end of November, which aims to protect some 2.75 million children at risk of vaccine preventable diseases.
The Libyan Ministry of Health has announced earlier that 90 supervisors from different cities and regions of Libya are preparing to carry out a campaign of vaccinations targeting one million and 226 thousand children, against measles, rubella and poliomyelitis; to be launched during the second week of November.
The ministry clarified in a previous statement that the campaign will target children between six months to 15 years, including children located in the immigrant shelters.
It also confirmed that 45 supervisors were trained during the period from 15-20 October in coordination between the Department of Vaccination at the National Centre for Disease Control, the WHO, and UNICEF, while 45 other supervisors were undergoing training sessions to increase their efficiency and provide them with the necessary expertise for planning.