Minister Urges Women to Vaccinate Children Against Polio in Malawi

Minister challenges women to vaccinate children against polio in Malawi

Minister Urges Women to Vaccinate Children Against Polio in Malawi
Minister challenges women to vaccinate children against polio in Malawi

 Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda encourages women in Malawi to take the lead in vaccinating their children under the age of 15 against Polio. The official launch of the 2023 round one polio vaccination campaign aims to reach 9 million children in the country.

In her address at the event in Blantyre, Chiponda emphasizes the importance of hygiene in preventing the spread of polio, which is a communicable disease transmitted through contaminated food and liquids. She highlights the need for proper handwashing and food preparation practices to maintain high hygiene levels.

The health minister reveals that previous campaigns successfully vaccinated around 3 million children under the age of 5. However, following guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), the age group for vaccination has now been expanded to include children up to 15 years old. This decision comes after a polio case was reported in a 14-year-old child in Blantyre.

Dr. Neema Kimambo, the WHO Country Representative, underscores the significance of interrupting polio transmission in Malawi and globally. Considering the movement across borders, particularly with neighboring country Mozambique experiencing numerous polio cases, the vaccination campaign becomes crucial to protect Malawian children from potential exposure.

The four-day door-to-door 2023 Round 1 oral Polio Vaccination campaign aims to ensure widespread coverage and halt the transmission of polio in Malawi.