MOHSS to scale-down on national immunisation campaigns

13 Sep 2013 08:30
WINDHOEK, 13 SEP (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) intends to scale-down on national immunisation campaigns, and has thus called on parents to take their children for routine vaccinations to hospitals, health centres, clinics and outreach points.
MOHSS Public Relations’ Officer Ester Paulus told Nampa in an interview on Friday that national campaigns are not only a costly exercise, but in fact only provide doses for some vaccines in order to build a child’s immunity.
“The ministry intends to scale-down the national immunisation campaigns in order to strengthen the routine immunisation that consists of all the required vaccinations needed by children and adults.
Parents are being advised not to wait for national immunisation campaigns because these campaigns only provide doses for some vaccines in order to build a child’s immunity,” she reiterated.
The ministry will conduct a national vaccination campaign during the Maternal and Child Health Week from 25 to 29 November this year.
During this campaign, all unvaccinated children and mothers will receive the following vaccines: polio, Pentavalent, Vitamin A, deworming serums and tetanus.
Paulus thus advised parents to keep their children’s health passports safe so as to correctly follow immunisation patterns.
Parents are also urged to bring their children to any immunisation points at health facilities so that the children could receive all the routine vaccinations as indicated on the health cards.
They are furthermore requested to bring their health cards (yellow for children and green for adults) to these visits.
Paulus said when a child goes for an immunisation at a health facility, parents should inform health workers whether the child resides in a malaria-prone area so that they can receive mosquito nets.
In other new developments, the MOHSS Public Relations’ Officer said the ministry will soon introduce the Rota virus vaccine (protection from gastroenteritis) and pneumococcal vaccine (protection from pneumonia) for children.