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Ministry of Healthcare concerned about the growing numbers of refusals to vaccinate

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Minister of Healthcare Yelzhan Birtanov spoke at the meeting with the population.

Among issues listed by the Minister, the issue of vaccination and frequent cases of refusal were singled out separately. According to him, in recent years, the number of vaccination refusals among the population has increased more than 3-fold.

A very important issue is raised concerning the population’s refusal to vaccinate. We are pleased that the majority of the population is understanding and responsible when it comes to disease prevention, supports vaccination and participates in it. At the same time, there is an increasing number of refusals � in the last 5 years it has grown 3 times, from 3 thousand to 9.7 thousand. The main reasons for refusal are personal convictions, which make up 45%, religious beliefs – 43%, 6% refused due to negative information from the media, and another 6% expressed distrust of the quality of vaccines. I would like to note that when an unvaccinated person is ill, the infection proceeds in severe form and with complications leading to serious consequences, including lethal outcome, � Birtanov warns.

According to him, at the expense of the state budget, the population is vaccinated against 21 types of infection. Annually about 30 billion tenge is allocated for vaccination. In 2016, the coverage of the population with vaccination was 95%, which corresponds to the level recommended by WHO.

The Minister also said that at the National Health Service is currently being established within the Densaulyk State Program. Its main goal is to create accessible and effective methods for disease prevention and health promotion.

The activities of the Service will be aimed at all stages of life, from vaccination of infants, school medicine, healthy and safe behavior, environmental safety, occupational health among the working population, youth, rationalization of nutrition and prevention of chronic diseases among the population. All this is intended to solve the tasks set by the Head of State on improving the span and quality of life of Kazakhstanis, sustainable development of human capital and diversifying the country’s economy, � he said.

Measures have been taken to ensure sanitary and epidemiological welfare. According to the results of 2016, due to systemic preventive measures, there were no cases of cholera, plague, diphtheria, poliomyelitis and other especially dangerous diseases. In general, we record a decrease in morbidity for 22 diseases, � the Minister said.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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