HEALTH facilities in Papua New Guinea commemorated International Immunisation Week with various activities to promote the use of vaccines in protecting children and adults against preventable diseases.
Southern Highlands health authority chief executive officer Dr Joseph Birisi said: “While the current focus is on new vaccines to combat the coronavirus (Covid-19), the need to ensure routine vaccination rollout nationwide continued remained essential.
“We conducted a two-week routine immunisation health patrol into the remote interiors in Kagua-Erava, Ialibu-Pangia, Mendi, Nipa-Kutubu and Imbonggu where about 1,000 children were vaccinated.
“During this global pandemic, many children have missed out on being vaccinated, leaving them at risk of serious diseases like measles and polio.
“Managing misinformation around the topic of vaccination also adds to this threat. We do not want preventable diseases to get out of control just because we failed to immunise our children.
“But we are grateful for partners such as Oil Search Foundation (OSF) through the accelerated immunisation health system strengthening project, the World Health Organisation and Unicef who supported us to carry out our work.”
TheNational / #PNGHealthWatch
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