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2012 National Measles and Polio Immunisation a success

by Staff reporter
23 Jun 2012 at 05:32hrs | Views
The Ministry of Health and Child Welfare says the national immunisation days have been a success with Manicaland province which is usually characterised by very low turnout showing signs of improvement.

The 2012 National Measles and Polio Immunisation Days and Vitamin A Supplementation Campaign which began on Monday ended on a high note with some clinics and outreach points recording a huge turnout since day 1.

Government had set a target to vaccinate over 1,9 million children across the country.

Even Manicaland Province which normally records turn out as low as 5% has seen improvements with a 20% turnout.

Epidemiology and Disease Control Director in the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Dr Portia Manangazira said while the campaign officially ended this Friday, some clinics have been authorised to continue vaccinating until all the targeted children have been catered for.

All children aged five years and below were being vaccinated against polio, while those between nine and fifty-nine months were immunised against measles as well as getting a dose of Vitamin A supplementation.

Statistics show that about 100 Zimbabwean children die every day from largely preventable diseases.

Vaccination is the most effective way of keeping children protected against infectious and sometimes serious illnesses.

Source - Zbc