By Jariatu Bangura
Programme Manger Community Health and Expanded Programme on Immunisation at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation has revealed that the ministry will tomorrow launch a program called Rota virus vaccine (‘Rota marklate’) in Kambia district for children below one year.
Dr. Satie Kenneh said the Rota virus vaccine is a preventive against diarrhea among toddlers as the vaccine prevents infection by the virus. He said that in the sub-region, malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea have inflicted devastating blows on young children, and that approximately 40% of under-five children are affected by viruses which spread the aforementioned diseases.
He said the aim is to employ cost effective and high impact interventions that can positively impact mortality among children, and that the ministry has hitherto introduced life-saving vaccines in the country, while the malaria department has done a lot through the government, ministry and Global Fund, to mitigate the impact of the disease.
He said his department had introduced vaccines program in the past aimed at curing pneumonia, including in 2011, which result has been positive.
He noted that diarrhea has affected children for the past two years, but the ministry has acquired life-saving vaccines to treat the most common cause of diarrhea among children below the age of two years, which symptoms are worse in Sierra Leone.
He said the vaccines would be administered within six weeks and ten weeks respectively, followed by subsequent administrations as the case may be.