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270K Plus Receive MenC Vaccination

The National Meningococcal (MenC) Immunisation Programme co-ordinated by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has seen a total of 274,612 children and teenagers aged between one to 19 years,
19 Oct 2018 10:00
270K Plus Receive MenC Vaccination
Secondary school students in the Western Division after receiving their meningcoccal immunisation shot. Photo: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

The National Meningococcal (MenC) Immunisation Programme co-ordinated by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has seen a total of 274,612 children and teenagers aged between one to 19 years, immunised in the central, eastern, western and northern division.

The Health Minister Rosy Akbar says that while the Ministry has achieved 84 percent of the target coverage, efforts are made to reach out to the other 16 per cent of the targeted age groups.

“The health outreach team with the assistance of the Community Health workers are visiting house to house in the divisions.

There is a widespread network of Community Health Workers who will be assisting our outreach teams so we are able to target every individual within the one to 19-year age group to get MenC immunisation.

Teams will also visit schools to reach out to those students who may have missed out on the immunisation.

“We are also advising the parents that MenC vaccinations are still available at the health facilities, in case their children may have missed out, they can visit their nearest health centre or nursing station to receive the MenC immunisation,” she said.

“Once we try to finish the mop up phase by October end, we will see if there is a need to extend the programme accordingly to ensure that everyone within the targeted age group has been immunised.”

Cost

The National MenC Immunisation has been rolled out nationally through the total funding of $11million of which $9 million was provided by Government and $2 million was secured through donor funding.

Ms Akbar has conveyed her appreciation to all the donor agencies, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) New Zealand, the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for their support in the National MenC Immunisation Programme.

Thank you

Ms Akbar also acknowledged all the nurses, community health workers, health staff, village leaders, parents, teachers and communities who have supported the National MenC Immunisation Programme.

Meanwhile, as the Health Ministry continues with its outreach awareness programmes on the  prevention of meningococcal, families are advised to familiarise themselves with the symptoms of the disease and practice proper hygiene to prevent it from spreading.

Men-C is treatable when caught in its early stages. Early detection is key to survival. If there is any sign or identifiable symptoms of the meningococcal disease, immediately go to a health facility to be assessed.

Source: DEPTFO News

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