Prime Minister Aires Ali launches nationwide measles vaccination campaign and national health week
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 23 May 2011 – At the launch of the nationwide measles vaccination campaign and the first phase of the national health week this morning, Prime Minister Aires Ali spoke about the importance of vaccinating children against measles and about protecting our children's future through vaccination. The launch event took place in Sao Damaso in Matola.
In the presence of several dignitaries and a large crowd of people gathered for the occasion, the Prime Minister said that vaccinating our children will allow them to grow up to become teachers, doctors and athletes. He encouraged the people present to ensure not only that their own children got vaccinated, but that the children of their neighbors got vaccinated too.
The Prime Minister stressed that children's health was a priority for the Government and praised the health workers involved in the campaign. He said that it is the Government's goal to mobilize all sectors and all levels, from the family to the community to the public and private sector, to accelerate the reduction in child mortality.
Over 19,000 health workers organized in 2,400 teams have been mobilized and trained to reach over 3.6 million children aged 6 to 59 months during the five days of the campaign.
Measles is the number one cause of death among diseases that can be prevented by vaccination and one of the top ten causes of child mortality worldwide. The measles vaccination campaign is part of the national health week, in which the targeted children will also receive health screenings, vitamin A supplementation and deworming tablets.
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