Wade pleads for mass mobilisation against infant diseases

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade on Wednesday in Dakar urged African countries to involve the population in the fight against infant diseases in the continent.
"The promotion of immunisation will only be meaningful if it is implemented in an imaginative way to raise the immunisation reflex of our populations," he told the second meeting of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI).
"Everybody must be involved in this social mobilisation and, in this connection women can help to perpetuate results of our immunisation programmes", Wade said.
Addressing participants in the three-day meeting, the Senegalese leader appealed to African countries to emphasise the prevention of diseases.
"Prevention must play a central role in all our policies and strategies for the promotion of our people's health", he noted, recalling that health is one of the ten priorities of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).
Meanwhile, President Wade has appealed to the international community to improve the availability of vaccines and vaccination technologies in African countries.
"More efforts are required to improve the availability and the access of new vaccines in African countries.
We are keenly watching the development of new vaccines against diseases that concern us, although we are worried that these are not permanently accessible for our populations", he said.

20 november 2002 22:13:00

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