Let sleeping demons, sleep...
National Immunization Information Campaign
The National Immunization Information Programme, 2011, was initiated by the Health Ministry, with UNICEF and WHO support. The campaign aims to change the current declining trend of immunization in Sri Lanka and facilitate a future free of childhood diseases.
• This synchronized mass immunization information campaign will take place under the theme “Let sleeping demons sleep”; a move to keep our children safe by ensuring timely and comprehensive immunization.
• While the past success of the National immunization programme has led to a significant control of certain illnesses, it does not indicate complete eradication. In fact, such illnesses are merely dormant and not eliminated. Therefore, failure to immunize our children completely and comprehensibly could result in such illnesses resurfacing as imminent threats to society.
• The campaign recognizes the excessively low rate of awareness among mothers regarding immunization for diseases such as Rubella, Tuberculosis, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Hepatitis B, Haemophilias Influenza type B, Polio, Measles, Mumps and Japanese Encephalitis.
• The National immunization information campaign aims to create awareness of this reality and advocate our responsibility to create a safe and illness-free future.
Under the patronage of the Minister of Health, Hon. Maithripala Sirisena, Minister of Education, Hon. Bandula Gunawardena and the UNICEF team, the campaign launches with the commitment of making Sri Lanka a childhood disease-free country.
The National immunization information campaign is one which holds monumental national value and will be implemented with the culmination of regional health bodies, district health organizations, schools, rural communities and the media.