World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Maldives to be a Rubella free country.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has congratulated “all the health professionals whose hard work has made this possible”. Rubella is a diseases can cause many birth defects in children born to infected mothers.
While Maldives reported its last endemic case of measles in 2019 and Rubella in October 2015.
WHO in South-East Asia region has set 2023 as a target for the elimination of measles and rubella during last September. Maldives are among-st the countries to join the pact. Bhutan, East Timor and North Korea has declared that they have succeeded in eliminating measles.