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    The Jordan Ministry of Health this month began the third phase of its campaign to immunise all children against tuberculosis.

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    The Jordan Ministry of Health this month began the third phase of its campaign to immunise all children against tuberculosis.

    Special medical teams have been dispatched to northern districts of the country to vaccinate the ares's estimated half million children under 18-years of age.

    Among those receiving the anti-TB vaccine are the children of palestinian refugees living in camps operated by the united nations Rolief and Works Agency. The vaccine used by Jordanian health officials has been supplied free of charge by the World Health Organisation.

    The Visnews film shows health officials immunising Palestinian children at one of the URWA refuges camp in northern Jordan.

    SYNOPSIS: A Palestinian refuges camp in northern Jordan, where every day living conditions make it easy for diseases like tuberculosis to spread quickly through the population. Now the Jordanian Ministry of Health has begun a campaign aimed at immunising all of the country's young people against tuberculosis, including these refugee children.

    Immunisation centres similar to the one see her have been set up throughout the northern districts of Jordan. Health officials hope to immunise the area's estimated half million children under the age of 18 Four health teams made up of eleven members each will spend the next few months vaccinating children in the region. Each team is capable of immunising 700 children daily.

    Doctor Ali Muheissen, head of the anti-TB campaign, said the World Health Organisation supplies the vaccine to the Ministry of health free of charge. Jordan established a Tuberculosis Control Centre in 1952 with branches throughout the country. The present campaign in the north is the third stage of a national campaign to stop the spread of tuberculosis. doctor Muheissen said the Ministry has just finished a similar campaign in the southern regions of Jordan and 55,000 people were vaccinated.

    Each health team consists of a doctor, a chief nurse, junior nurses and clerks to record the name of each child receiving the vaccine. Once immunised the vaccine will protect an individual from tuberculosis for up to 15 years.

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