Panafrican News Agency

8th African vaccination week launched in Côte d'Ivoire

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian minister of Health and Public hygiene, Dr Raymonde Goudou-Coffie, on Tuesday officially launched the 8th African vaccination week, on the theme: ‘Vaccinations are successful, play your role’.

Established in 2011, the African vaccination week is a sensitisation campaign aimed at maintaining vaccination as part of the national and regional action programmes.

The official launching of the vaccination week followed that of the first national communication campaign for the promotion of vaccination, for one month.

The minister also underlined the importance of vaccination to prevent diseases and the efforts made by the Ivorian government for an optimal vaccinal cover.

According to the country-advisor for the expanded rogramme on immunization, Dr Abdoulaye Yam, the African vaccination week is a strategy to get the health services closer to populations who have limited access to the basic health services.

"This is also the opportunity to better understand the importance of vaccination, to make sure every child receives the basic and routine vaccines and continues being vaccinated during childhood and adulthood, also make sure that everybody have been vaccinated, whatever the age, and finally seize the opportunity to receive other interventions that save lives," said Dr Yam.

The African vaccination week is due to end on 16 May.