Manado, N Sulawesi, (ANTARA News) - The measles Rubella (MR) immunization program in North Sulawesi has reached 93.23 percent up to October 31, a Unicef representative said.

"Of the target to immunized 591,775 children, a total of 551,698 have received MR vaccination. The age of the children ranges from nine months to 15 years," Khalik Malik, Unicef`s representative here, said on Friday.

He said although the coverage of the immunization program did not reach 100 percent, yet some nine of 15 districts and municipal cities received over 95 percent MR vaccination program.

These districts/Municipal cities included Sangihe (of the 27,837 children, 26,461 or 95.06 received vaccination), South Minahasa (48,688 of the 50.178 children got immunization or 97.03 percent), North Minahasa (48,806 or 100.41 percent of the target 48,806 children), Sitaro Island (14,225 or 100.7 percent of 14,203 targeted children) and South Bolaang Mongondow (19,170 or 97.10 percent of the 19,742 targeted children).

In East Bolaang Mongondow district, of the targeted 18,122 children, the program covered 17,288 or 95.40 percent while in Manado city some 94,929 children were targeted but the program reached some 91,504 children only or 96.39 percent.

?? Then in the City of Bitung, of the 55,117 targeted children, as many as 52,729 people or 95.67 percent got the vaccination, then in the City of Tomohon the program reached 97.33 percent of the 22,680 targeted children, namely 22,074 children.

?? "The implementation of the program in the rest districts of Bolaang Mongondow, Minahasa, Kotamobagu City, Talaud, North Bolaang Mongondowand Southeast Minahasa is all below 95 percent but above 75 percent," he said.

Reporting by Jorie MR Darondo
Editing by Andi Abdussalam

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