Thousands of refugee children to be inoculated at Elliniko

29 June 2016
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The Doctors Without Borders are going to inoculate thousands of refugee children at the camp set up at Elliniko, in order to protect them against childhood illnesses.

There are about 1,300 children aged between 6 months and 15 years old, who will receive three shots for diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, measles, mumps, rubella, Haemophilus influenza, hepatitis B, polio, and pneumococcus.

According to the International President of the Doctors Without Borders Joanne Liu, the inoculation is vital for the children, as it protects them against a series of serious illnesses. Similarly, the coordinator of the group’s programs in Greece Christina Psarra underlined the importance of protecting against childhood illnesses and noted that further support will be necessary, to provide access to the Greek healthcare system and help with the integration of vulnerable people.

Earlier in May, the Doctors Without Borders inoculated more than 3,000 refugee children who were camped in Idomeni and in the surrounding area. Last week, the group traveled to the refugee camp in Eleonas and inoculated the children.

In the next few weeks the Doctors Without Borders will visit the camps at Samos, Lesvos, Thermopylae, Katsikas, Tsepelovo, Doliana and Konitsa. The group is supported by the Ministry of Health in order to cover the basic needs of refugees.

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