National measles/rubella vaccination campaign commences

11 Jul 2016 21:50pm
WINDHOEK, 11 JUL (NAMPA) - The national measles/rubella vaccination campaign commenced countrywide on Monday.
It will last until 22 July and aims to vaccinate all persons between 9 months and 39 years of age, including visitors, but excluding pregnant women.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) launched the vaccination drive on Thursday.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday, MoHSS Media Liaison Officer for the Khomas Region Petra Ipinge said the turnout of people coming for vaccination was low in the morning, probably due to the cold, but the numbers increased as time passed.
There is currently an outbreak of measles/ rubella in Namibia.
Vaccination is administered via injection.
“Let us turn up at the point; let us visit clinics and the councillors’ offices and get our vaccination because prevention is better than cure.
“It’s just to make it easier for the Ministry of Health and Social Services in kicking these diseases out of the country,” Ipinge stated.
Private hospitals also provide the vaccination free of charge.
Sonia Namolo, 29, who got vaccinated with her 4-year-old daughter Emila Shetekele at the Single Quarters Police Station told Nampa the nurses administering the vaccination are fast. “You won’t stand in the queue for long.”
Johannes Johannes said he quickly left work just to get vaccinated.
“It’s my health and I have to put my health first. You cannot work if you are not in good health, that’s why I came,” said Johannes.