Oman health: Warning for measles rumour-mongers
September 10, 2017 | 12:07 PM
by Times News Service
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Muscat: People spreading rumours about the measles vaccinations may face legal action if they publish false information, the Ministry of Health announced.

Read also: Oman National Measles Campaign second phase set to kick off

"The ministry urges all residents not to believe the false rumors about the vaccination or the campaign. The ministry confirms that it will take all administrative and legal measures against anyone who publishes false rumors or false information about the campaign," the ministry said online.

"In the event of any inquiry about the campaign, residents should contact the ministry through its hotline," The ministry added.

Today, the second phase of the National Measles Immunisation Campaign (NMIC) was launched.

The campaign to be conducted by the Ministry of Health (MoH) along with the other concerned authorities is meant for people in the 20 to 35 age group and will run from September 10 to September 16.

The second phase of the campaign will include all the Sultanate’s governorates except the Governorates of Dhofar and Al Wusta.

The NMIC second phase will be officially launched in the Governorate of Muscat at the North Al Khuwair Health Centre under the auspices of Sayyid Saud Hilal Al Busaidi, Minister of State, Governor of Muscat, with the presence of Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health.

The campaign will be launched in the rest of the targeted governorates under the patronage of the Governors with the attendance of the Ministry of Helath’s undersecretaries.

Therefore, the measles vaccine will be available for the citizens and residents in the authorised public and private health institutions affiliated to the Ministry of Health and other institutions, such as the military and security authorities, the Diwan of Royal Court and the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, in addition to number of private health establishments.

Ensuring the safety and health of community individuals, the Ministry of Health calls upon all citizens and residents in the age group of 20-35 (born between 1982 to 1997) to head to the nearest vaccination site in order to get vaccinated, free of cost, as per scheduled dates.

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