KIGALI, Rwanda 

Burundi on Monday launched a measles vaccination initiative aiming to immunize more than 17,000 children in the northwest of the country.

The initiative hopes to reach children between nine months and 15 years old in Cibitoke province, local medical officer Dr. Norbert Mugabo told reporters.

He added that the vaccination effort would continue until April 17, following a measles outbreak that has infected more than 300 children in the province.

Mugabo appealed to parents to embrace the vaccination for their children and ignore people seeking to dissuade them on false claims.

“This vaccination comes during unusual circumstances of

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