Zimbabwe initiatives to bridge immunization gaps commendable - WHO

Online Desk |  1 year ago | local

The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed satisfaction with Government’s initiatives aimed at bridging immunization gaps created by adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic over the past two years.

In an interview with Star FM News this Wednesday as the nation marks World Immunization Week, W.H.O Representative to Zimbabwe, Dr Alex Gasasira also urged parents and guardians to ensure that minors are immunized as prescribed by health experts.

Dr Gasasira further encouraged citizens to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

Meanwhile, women in Harare have bemoaned service at council clinics which they say results in them shunning taking their children for their routine weight checks and immunization.

In response, Harare City Council Health Services Director, Dr Prosper Chonzi said most clinics are overwhelmed due to staff shortages.

Children under the age of five are immunized for free at public health facilities against preventable diseases like polio and measles.

World Immunization week is commemorated during the last week of April annually, to highlight the importance of vaccines in protecting people, especially children, against diseases. This year’s commemorations are running under the theme “Long life for all.”