Parents urged to have children vaccinated

16 Nov 2016 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 16 NOV (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Health and Social Services has urged all parents with children under the age of five to have them vaccinated during the national maternal and child health vaccination campaign.
The biannual campaign started on Monday and ends Friday.
Spokesperson in the ministry, Ester Paulus told Nampa on enquiry Tuesday the campaign targets children under five years and women between 15 and 49 years who did not receive medication during the previous campaign.
The previous campaign took place in July.
“The purpose of this campaign is to screen and vaccinate children under the age of five years for missed opportunities,” she said.
Paulus specified that children will be given any missed antigens, Vitamin A and de-worming medications, while women of child-bearing age’s Tetanus Toxoid status will be screened.
The Tetanus Toxoid is used to prevent tetanus.
The children’s nutritional status will also be screened during the campaign.
Paulus said the ministry has mobile teams visiting outreach points to capture the targeted groups and they also provide this service at all health facilities throughout the country.
She called on all targeted groups to provide their health passports in order to receive these medications or services.
“The public may however access similar services at any State clinic and health centre after the campaign,” she said.