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BHUTAN AWARDED PLAQUE FOR ERADICATING MEASLES.

The World Health Organization (WHO)'s South-East Asia's regional director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, awarded a plaque to Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering at the opening of the 14th Round Table Meeting in Thimphu for Bhutan's achievement in eradicating measles in the county. Bhutan and Maldives are the first two countries to eliminate measles in the South-East Asia region before the regional target of 2020. Meanwhile, Bhutan eliminated measles from the country in 2017.

The measles vaccination program was first introduced in Bhutan in 1979 and toddlers were vaccinated at nine months.

The second dose of measles vaccination for children at 24 months was started in 2006.

The measles vaccine in Bhutan is given in the form of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR vaccine).

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