Sunday, June 07, 2015

Immunisation jabs in the right direction

Jaimie-faith Poonah
07 June 2015

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate is encouraged by the increase in the number of babies who are fully immunised via the public health system in terms of the recommended vaccination schedule.
South Africa follows the World Health Organisation’s vaccination programme, which included vaccination against measles, polio, whooping cough, TB and more.

Mayoral Committee Member for Health, Siyabulela Mamkeli said the figures are encouraging but even if we estimate the number of children who receive vaccinations in the private sector, they are still thousands of children who are not getting vaccinations.

Mamkeli added that it has been established that too many children around the globe still die due to preventable diseases.

Mamkeli said effective immunisation is one way of reducing the number of deaths, in fact according to the World Health Organisation, between two and three million deaths are prevented every year because of effective immunisation.

“There is no legal law on a parent to have their child vaccinated, but it just makes sense to protect them by adhering to the vaccination regime.” Mamkeli concluded.



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