Parents Urged To Vaccinate Children

Mothers at the vaccination centre in Bor. [Jacob Achiek Jok]

The department for Expanded Program on Immunization at the hospital is transferring the data on the Tetanus Toxiod Immunization for Women of child bearing age to new health cards.

The hospital experienced a shortage of cards in September and they had to use the cards meant for mothers to store the data.

“Now we have received the cards so we are now transferring the information which was written in the Tetanus Toxiod Immunization for Women of child bearing age to the Child health cards as the policy of the hospital,” Elijah Maper said.

 Elijah Maper Reng said they started to give children mothers cards (Tetanus Toxiod Immunization for Women of child bearing age) after experiencing a shortage of Child Health cards.

 According to Jok, they are targeting immunization of children from birth up to period of nine months.

These vaccines are for prevention but not to cure the infections.

“No effect from those diseases even if the baby is suffering from different diseases they can still be given the vaccines and later they will be examined by the senior doctors and given the best treatment to the baby,” he said.

He said they usually received the vaccines from United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World health Organisation (WHO).

Currently the hospital lacks a modern facility to administer the vaccines and they are doing it under a tree.

 “We give vaccine under the tree because we are now on the process of constructing the new site and if it finished then we will immediately move in and this will give us good vaccination room not to vaccinated the children under the tree again,” said Kuol.

He urged the parents from the community who have children to bring them for vaccination to avoid the catching of the deadly diseases.

He said that they have 11 sites in the counties and some of the centres for vaccination are in Bor town.

“We have the mobile centres which help the children at the villages who have no means to travel from their villages to the vaccine centres,” he said.

Immunization is one of the world’s biggest public health success stories. Globally, millions of lives have been saved by vaccination against diseases such as measles, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, polio, childhood tuberculosis and other killers.

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), disease prevention through immunization is an economical low-risk health intervention, with a proven track record of impact.

Immunization is one of the key reasons that the global number of deaths of children under age 5 has fallen to a record low of 9.7 million a year, down from almost 20 million a year in 1960, as highlighted by UNICEF.

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