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MOH: Decline in Cases of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
09 November 2016
The Ministry of Health (MOH), in continuation of the successes the expanded program on immunization has achieved with regard to covering the largest possible segment of beneficiaries, has indicated that there is a decrease in the rates of incidence of some diseases targeted with immunization, as a result of immunization coverage that reached more than 90%, since the beginning of the program.
 
It pointed out that the incidence of rubella rates have declined due to high coverage of basic vaccinations, in addition to the implementation of vaccination campaigns against measles, rubella, mumps, the most recent of them in 2015; where 4,986,213 children, at a rate of 98.1%, have been vaccinated against MMR, within an integrated program to eradicate measles and rubella.
 
According to the MOH, infants have been targeted with three doses of vaccines for whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus, Hemophilus influenza, hepatitis B and polio, and the coverage of the basic third dose reached a rate of 98.3%, the dose is reckoned by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the indicators for the success of the immunization program coverage. In addition to the coverage indicator of the first dose of MMR vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella) which reached 97.6%. 
 
Within the same vein, the MOH is using the Health Electronic Surveillance Network (HESN) to take advantage of the modern technologies in the field of public health and to report infectious diseases and recording vaccinations. The program aims at promoting public health through modern technologies and means of e-communications, in order to support tasks and responsibilities of the agency about protection against infectious and non-infectious diseases, as well as environmental health in accordance with accurate and high standards similar to the standards applied in the advanced countries as far as technology and health is concerned. 
 
The HESN Program is an online interconnected and resilient application. And, it is a version built from the public health system for monitoring and managing the diseases and epidemics, providing those working in the health field and decision-makers with the accurate information enabling them to deliver a high level of the health services, data accuracy and reducing differences in gathering it between the regions and facilities of the MOH.  
 
The Program provides the workers in the field and decision-makers with accurate information that enables them to deliver a high level of health services. It also enables them to monitor and control the spread of infectious diseases such as influenza, as well as following up on the basic vaccinations.
 
On the other hand, the MOH has activated the health awareness activities program and held more than 272274 awareness lectures and 48312 seminars in and outside the health centers and hospitals. It also has printed 3074827 booklets, bulletin, health posters and leaflets to raise awareness of targeted people, in addition to implementing 109 training courses to raise efficiency of the workforce and 4569 activities related to celebration of world days and events in regions and provinces.   
 
   
 



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