Imo State, for the first time, would be witnessing a massive vaccination campaign against Meningitis, which begins Tuesday, October 21.
The officer incharge of Ahiazu Mbaise LGA Immunisation Centre, Mr Donatus Ohaka, said this in an interview with Christian Voice recently.
“This is actually the first time since 2010 they started this Men Afric vaccine campaign which is meant to get people memnigits immuned that South East is taking part. This is the fourth stage of the campaign,” he said.
He further stated that the campaign unlike other campaigns of previous years, would be distributing vaccines not only for immunity against meningitis but also included are: Maternal Neo-natal tetanus elimination (MNTE) vaccine for those with 30-45 years age range and the oral polio vaccine (OPV) for those within 0-5 years age range respectively.
In his words “health workers, who have been trained at the world, state and local levels are to embark on this campaign to provide a healthy nation,” he said.
Speaking on the issue, the director of health services, Ahiazu Mbaise, Mrs Callistus Chimezie urged the general public to partake in the upcoming campaign to better their health condition and prevent diseases like memnigitis, tetanus and polio.
“Let everybody ensure they come out to acquire the vaccines. This campaign will not be a house-to-house type. It would be on fixed posts and temporary fixed posts like the church, schools, town halls and market squares”, she revealed.
She also revealed that the campaign is sponsored by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in partnership with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and Imo State Ministry of Health.