More than 5,200 under 5 children in Pakading district, Borikhamxay Province will be vaccinated under the National Immunization Programme, supported by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
A team comprising officials from UNICEF and WHO, and media practitioners visited Thongnamy village, Pakading District, Borikhamxay Province on April 2 to observe vaccination there.
Vaccination will be conducted for target groups of children at health centres, as well as district and provincial hospitals, kindergartens, markets and bus stations between Mar 26 and Apr 4.
Furthermore, there will be outreach sessions, including house-to-house visits to identify and vaccinate children in high-risk areas and special sessions in rice fields and other plantation areas, according to Director of the Pakading District Health Office, Dr Sikanthay Soudavong.
“Years ago, it was difficult to mobilize people to receive vaccination because most target groups of people were ethnic minorities so it’s difficult for them to understand. Today, people are more aware of healthcare. Equipping them with basic knowledge of vaccination makes them want to participate in vaccination campaign, said Dr. Sikanthay.
The UNICF and WHO launched a 10-day sub-national polio vaccination campaign in 13 provinces and 90 districts to vaccinate about 460,000 children aged 0 month to 5 years of age.
Thongnamy village has a population of 8,310 people, including over 4,200 women. 70% of the population in the village is Hmong.
Ms Chour Yang, 20, has two children, one boy and one girl. She brought her children to get vaccinated.
Routine vaccination coverage for polio third dose 2017 was 85 %, lower than the 90% target to make under-5 population immune.
The routine vaccination coverage segregated by district shows that 90% of targeted districts failed to achieve 90% vaccination coverage last year.
Source: Lao News Agency