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Nepalese vaccinated to help prevent disease in wake of earthquake


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Nepalese vaccinated to help prevent disease in wake of earthquake

People in Nepal are lining up to be vaccinated against measles, as part of efforts to minimise health risks in the wake of the country’s catastrophic earthquake.

No outbreaks have been reported, but the possibility of diarrhea and other problems are a worry after last month’s disaster.

The World Health Organisation is among those helping those caught up in the disaster.

“With this situation, where you have poor water and sanitation, displaced population that are mobile, in a way, moving, the chances of an outbreak happening is still there and maybe larger,” said Dr. Roderico Ofrin, head of emergency operations at the WHO.

The massive recovery effort is getting underway in Nepal, but many people are still hunting for missing relatives.

Morgues are being overwhelmed, making it hard for victims to find out where their loved ones have been killed.

One man, looking for missing relatives, lashed out at the way bodies are being held. He said proper records need to be kept.

Bodies are still being pulled from the rubble of ruined buildings, amid a strong stench of rotting corpses.

Unclaimed bodies are being quickly cremated to help limit the risk of disease breaking out.

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