Smooth immunisation campaign at Otjiwarongo

from New Era
Published on 21 Jun 2013 View Original

Story by Alvine Kapitako

OTJIWARONGO - The first round of the 2013 national immunisation campaign covered 71 percent of the targeted 8 000 children in the Otjiwarongo district, all on the second day of what was supposed to be a three-day campaign.

The national immunisation campaign started on Tuesday this week and ended yesterday. The primary purpose of the campaign is to ensure that children under the age of five are vaccinated for polio and vitamin A. Children from 0 to 59 months received polio drops, while children from six months to 59 months received vitamin A drops. Polio vaccines prevent polio mellitus, which causes paralysis.

"If that happens it is permanent and it can't be treated," Alex Sishando, the Primary Health Care supervisor at the Otjiwarongo State Hospital said, stressing the need for immunisation. A shortage of vitamin A causes night blindness or blindness, and the drops of vitamin A are there to bolster the immune systems of children.

In the Otjiwarongo district the campaign had six teams of two people each, moving from street to street in the different locations of Otjiwarongo, immunising children whose parents may not have taken them for immunisation. This is in addition to the fixed immunisation points. The national immunisation campaign for the Otjiwarongo district took place in Otjiwarongo, Osire, Kalkveld, Otavi and the surrounding areas. The second round would commence on July 23 to 25 this year.