Second round of immunisation starts Tuesday

22 Jul 2013 12:40
WINDHOEK, 22 JUL (NAMPA) - The second round of the National Immunisation Days (NIDs) take place countrywide from Tuesday until Thursday.
The primary purpose of the campaign is to ensure that children under the age of five are vaccinated for polio and vitamin A, according to an immunisation information poster issued by the Ministry of Health and Social Services.
Children from 0 to 59 months will receive polio drops, while children from 0 to 59 months’ weight and mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) will be tested.
Polio vaccines prevent polio mellitus, which causes paralysis.
Primary school learners will receive Albendazole Syrup or tablets for deworming.
Parents should bring their child/children to the nearest hospital or clinic for immunisation.
Mobile teams will visit pre-primary and primary schools.
The northern regions of Namibia had their first round of the National Immunisation Days for Polio, Vitamin A and De-worming under the theme “We can prevent Polio” with oral Polio drops during 18 and 20 June 2013.
Children, who remain either not immunised or under-immunised are at risk of long-term illness, disability and even death. Extra efforts are being made to reach children in specific urban and remote areas where coverage levels are low.