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30% of certificates on vaccination in Ukraine are falsified, - UNICEF

The obligatory vaccination can only increase the number of the forged documents
21:51, 15 May 2018

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The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has claimed that the number of the forged certificates on the vaccination in Ukraine is about 30%. Kateryna Bulavinova, the medical expert of the UNICEF claimed this as Radio Liberty reported.

'It means that we have not only the low coverage of the vaccination but also a high level of the forged certificates on them. We made a great poll as the UNICEF and the numbers are surprisingly high. I beware that if the obligatory vaccination is introduced, the growth of the forged document will increase', Bulavinova said.

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UNICEF expert added that due to the measles outbreak in Ukraine, the vaccination coverage against measles significantly increased.

'People got in the line at the clinics to get the vaccines. The coverage was about 95-97% at the end of the year, we can subtract the forged certificates but the coverage increased anyway', she said.

Related: Measles outbreak: more than 1,000 people got sick in Ukraine

At the same time, Bulavinova claimed that the coverage of the vaccination against the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis is about 50%.

'It is a really low coverage, terribly law. Also, there is a low coverage against hepatitis' she added.

According to the Healthcare Ministry, almost 14,000 people got sick with measles in Ukraine in 2018, the majority of them are children. Eight people died, including six children and two adults.

Related: Aggressive measles virus genotype B3 spotted in Odesa region

As we reported on April 20, UNICEF delivered a new shipment of the MMR vaccine in the sum of 800, 000 doses.

Earlier the European Health Security Agency reported that Ukraine was the third in Europe on the number of people infected with measles in 2017. The leaders are Romania and Italy.

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