Health authorities in Solomon Islands are scrambling to control a measles outbreak in the country which has claimed the lives of two children, with more than 500 cases reported so far.
A mass vaccination campaign will begin on Wednesday in the capital Honiara and will later extend to the provinces.
The Director of Child Health in the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Dr Divi Ogaoga, says they are hoping to control the outbreak through the mass vaccinations.
"It is a worry because it is one of the most infectious diseases and it has bad complications particularly in children, It can kill a lot of children. Reasons why they die is not due to the measles but due to other complications, particularly pneumonia, diarrhoea, most kids die from these conditions."
The Director of Child Health in the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Dr Divi Ogaoga,