|Government unveils new child health card, vaccine|
|Saturday, 30 June 2012 13:22|
GOVERNMENT yesterday launched a new vaccine and a revised child health card for children under five years as the state intensifies the fight against child mortality and morbidity.
The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine is meant to reduce the effects of pneumonia, meningitis and the presence of bacteria in children’s blood.
“The under-five mortality rate according to the Zimbabwe Demographic and Health Survey of 2010-11 is 84 deaths per 1 000 live births,” Dr Mombeshora said.
He said most children were dying from preventable diseases hence Government had embraced the pneumococcal vaccine to prevent children dying from pneumonia and meningitis.
with soap and reduction of overcrowding,” Dr Mombeshora said.
Government, he said, would also ensure that a special five-year financing period from 2010-2015 was actualised to ensure urgent action on tackling causes of child and maternal mortality.
Dr Mombeshora said the revised child health card was an important tool for recording and monitoring and delivering primary health care for child survival, growth and development in a simple, integrated manner.
“By using this revised card, the Government of Zimbabwe will ensure that all vital preventive interventions like exclusive breastfeeding, immunisations and PMTCT remain the core of our primary care approach and are delivered according to the latest recommendations.
World Health Organisation representative in Zimbabwe, Dr Custodia Mandlhate said there was need for the Government to go an extra mile in fighting child killer diseases.
“I am reliably informed that more efforts are being put in place to introduce next year the Rotavirus vaccine which will also contribute immensely to the child mortality reduction,” Dr Mandlhate said.