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39th issue of Eri-News

Eritrean women wearing polka dot jersey dresses in honor of cyclist Daniel Teklehaimanot at the West Coast Festival in California. (Photo credit: Berhane Araia)

The Press Section of the Permanent Mission of the State of Eritrea to the AU and UNECA has released its 39th newsletter.

Visit here to read the previous newsletter.

Articles featured in this issue:
  1. President Isaias Afwerki Received the Credentials of the Ambassadors of Russia, Saudi Arabia and Mauritania
  2. Qatar Airways to Increase Flights to Asmara
  3. Eritrea Introduced Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
  4. NCEW and ITUC held Consultative Meeting in Asmara
  5. Eritrean Festivals Continue with Patriotic Zeal

Eritrean Festivals Continue with Patriotic Zeal

The 2015 Eritrean Summer Festival season continued with the Festivals held in Western Canada, and East and West Coasts of the US. Similar to the Festivals which took place in Eritrea and the Diaspora over the past few months, these Festivals also featured seminnars by senior officials and prominent Eritreans, mu-sic and cultural performances of all the ethnic groups of Eritrea, children’s sport competitions, pictorial ex-hibitions, trade fairs etc. The Festivals were attended by thousands of Eritreans and friends of Eritrea.

Eritrea Introduced Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine

Eritrea launched the introduction of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV-13) in to routine immuniza-tion program. Pneumococcal disease is one of the leading vaccine-preventable killers of young children worldwide. The introduction of this vaccine is expected to further reduce child death in the country.

At the launching ceremony, Minister of Health, Ms. Amina Nurhussien expressed that Eritrea has achieved 90% coverage of fully vaccinated children and this is due to the strong commitment of the peo-ple, government, health workers and partners. She also reiterated that the government will continue to work hard in this area and the introduction of PCVs will make a difference.

Dr Abdulmumini Usman, WHO Representative to Eritrea congratulated the Government of Eritrea par-ticularly the Ministry of Health for introducing the new vaccine. He added that even though Eritrea has achieved the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), there is more work to be done on the post-2015 agenda.

Deputy Country Representative of UNICEF, Pelucy Ntambirweki, said that Eritrea’s achievements in the Expanded Programme on Immunization are a major factor in the country’s success in the health-related MDGs, and provides a good foundation to move into the Sustainable Development Goals which will re-place the MDGs.

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