Morocco has achieved 95% vaccination coverage: Minister
Morocco has achieved 95% vaccination coverage, while the immunisation rate increases to 99% for some vaccines, Minister of Health, Anas Doukkali, said Wednesday in Marrakech.
“Today, Morocco has introduced more than 13 vaccines including 12 vaccines dedicated to children under 5 and another vaccine for women to prevent neonatal tetanus,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the ceremony held to present the results of 30 years of action in serving children vaccination right, which was chaired by HRH Princess Lalla Meryem, Chairperson of the National Observatory for Children Rights (ONDE).
Efforts are aimed this year at improving rates of vaccination against hepatitis B and to achieve a coverage rate of 99%, he said.
Morocco, which has eliminated tetanus, “will surely eliminate poliomyelitis and diphtheria,” the minister pointed out.
“The Kingdom has managed to drastically reduce the number of people with multiple infectious diseases through immunization,” he said in this context.
Thanks to the HM King Mohammed VI’s solicitude and the involvement of HRH Princess Lalla Meryem, Morocco is celebrating 30 years of implementing the national immunisation program under the slogan “30 years in serving children vaccination right”.
Since the national immunisation program was institutionalised back in 1987, under the aegis of Her Royal Highness, huge progress was made in the health sector thanks to vaccines, mainly regarding poliomyelitis and diphtheria given that no cases were reported since 1987 and 1991, respectively.