The Malawi Ministry of Health (MOH), has stressed the need for all children to participate in the integrated vaccination against measles rubella exercise, which the ministry is set to conduct from 12 to 17 June.
A total of over 7 million children in the country, are expected to be inoculated with the measles rubella supplementary immunization.
The vaccination campaign follows laboratory results of suspected measles, which indicates that there are rubella cases in the country.
Briefing members of the Karonga District Executive Committee (DEC) recently, a representative from the Karonga District Health Office (DHO) Alias Phiri, said among other activities during the vaccination campaign, include vitamin A supplements, and deworming.
“What we are going to do before we administer the measles rubella vaccination in our routine immunization, is start with supplementary immunization activities, in accordance with recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO,” Phiri explained.
He further said the ministry intends to have 11,000 sites comprising of static clinics and temporary sites. He said there is a total of 22,000 health workers, and 33,000 volunteers that will be trained, and deployed to manage the sites.
Phiri therefore, called upon traditional and political community leaders, to encourage their subjects to take their children to the supplementary immunization campaigns, once they start in June.