Kunene measles campaign making good progress

24 Aug 2014 14:30pm
OPUWO, 24 AUG (NAMPA) – A measles immunisation campaign in the Kunene Region reached 70 per cent of the targeted group between Monday and Wednesday this week.
The senior health programme administrator in the Kunene Regional Health Directorate, Jogobeth Karutjaiva told Nampa in an interview here on Friday the campaign started on Monday (18 August) and reached the majority of the target group by Wednesday.
It is expected to end on 29 August this year.
Karutjaiva noted that community members have been responding very well to calls to bring their children to the immunisation points, and this contributed to the good progress made so far in reaching the target of 15 070 children in the Kunene Region.
Another factor that contributed to the success of the immunisation campaign is the allocation of adequate resources to the cause by central government.
“We have vehicles to cover all routes, all teams have enough nurses, and we have a helicopter to cover hard-to-reach areas where there are no roads,” he said.
Karutjaiva indicated that he is happy with the progress made so far and expects that it will eventually cover more children than initially targeted.
Fifty-one teams with three or four nurses each have been deployed in the region.
Similar immunisation campaigns have been conducted in the Khomas, Ohangwena and Omusati Regions.