APOSTOLIC SECT MEMBERS URGED TO EMBRACE CHOLERA VACCINATION CAMPAIGN
In a bid to curb the spread of cholera, the Ministry of Health and Child Care has initiated a nationwide cholera vaccination program, assuring citizens of the safety of the vaccine.
The campaign kicked off in Kuwadzana, targeting 2.3 million people with an initial batch of 892,276 doses. These vaccines, identical to those utilized in the 2018 and 2020 cholera outbreaks, will be administered at health facilities, schools, and various community vaccination points.
Minister Charles Tavengwa, responsible for Provincial Affairs and Devolution in Harare Metropolitan, emphasized the safety and efficacy of the oral vaccines, encouraging citizens to participate in the program.
“It is the same vaccine we used in the previous cholera outbreaks in 2018 and 2020 in Chimanimani, Chipinge, and Chegutu. Their effectiveness in the previous outbreaks should allay any fears and concerns that our people may have about this vaccine,” assured Minister Tavengwa.
The vaccination campaign, designed to prevent the further spread of cholera and establish herd immunity, aims to reach everyone above the age of one. A comprehensive approach, involving house-to-house and cluster-to-cluster methods, will ensure coverage in severely affected areas.
Minister Tavengwa further informed the public that vaccines have already been strategically positioned across all provinces, cities, and districts in the country.
Professor Jean-Marie Dangou, the World Health Organization representative in Zimbabwe, commended the initiative, stating that the launch of the vaccination programs signifies a significant step towards eradicating cholera, particularly in densely populated areas.
“People must embrace this opportunity and learn about hygiene practices to always keep their communities safe. By vaccinating a significant population, we can create herd immunity, preventing the further spread of the disease,” emphasized Professor Dangou.
As the vaccination campaign gains momentum, health authorities encourage all citizens to actively participate in this crucial effort to safeguard public health.