June 29, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
The health campaign result for the just concluded nationwide polio and measles vaccination exercise has shown that about 1.2 million children under five (98%) as well as 1.48 million (98.8%) were administered with the polio and measles vaccines.
The report of the one week exercise, which was supported by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and other partners, including the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO) and Centre for Disease Control (CDC), among others, was released on Friday (June 26).
Communications Officer at UNICEF, Issa Davies, told Concord Times that the number of children they were able to reach and administered the vaccines on during the exercise was very encouraging, noting: “We were trying to reach more than 1.2 million children under-5 with measles vaccination and 1.5 million children with the polio vaccination across the country.”
According to him, the reason why they were able to reach large percentage of children was because of the social mobilisation message that was sent out to the public.
He opined that before the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease, the country was recording remarkable progress with regards under-five mortality rate.
Responding, Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation I, Madina Rahman, commended those who supported the exercise and urged them to do more whenever the exercise comes up again so as to save the future generation of the nation.
She assured of government’s determination and commitment to spend more to make sure that they achieve future health challenges.