Some 13,686 Rohingya children have been administered vaccine on Saturday, the first day of the week-long vaccination campaign in Ukhia and Teknaf upazilas of Cox’s Bazar.
The government has launched the programme in order to check the possible outbreak of diseases among the refugee children, said Abdus Salam, civil surgeon of Cox's Bazar district.
He said: “On the first day of rubella and polio vaccination campaign for 150,000 Rohingya kids, over 8000 children were administered rubella vaccine while some 5000 got polio vaccine.”
Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mohammed Nasim visited the medical camps in the district the same day and assured all kinds of medical support to the refugees, especially the children, reports the Daily Sun, a sister concern of the Daily Kalerkantho.
Under the vaccination programme, all children aged between six months and 15 years will be given rubella (measles) vaccine while children below five years will be administered polio vaccine.
Meanwhile, vitamin A capsules will be given to children between six months and five years.