Joining hand to protect community

In response to World Immunization Week 2016 themed Close the immunization gap, the Vietnamese Ministry of Health yesterday held a meeting to assert the importance of immunization in prevention of dangerous infectious diseases.

At the meeting, Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long pointed out that vaccination is an effective way to protect each person and the community’s health in preventing contagious disease.

Accordingly parents should take their kids to medical clinics for immunization as per schedule. The deputy health minister also asked the steering board of the National Expanded Immunization Program to carry out researches and act as counselor for the Ministry of Health in vaccine strategy.

The steering board of the National Expanded Immunization Program should be implemented in distant and disadvantaged districts and big cities where receive many immigrants. Medical facilities should inject newly-born babies vaccine against hepatitis B within 24 first hours of birth and increase information of vaccination to parents.

Medical workers must improve their skills to avoid mistakes while administering shoots.

Local governments must help the vaccination campaign aiming to achieve set target.
At the meeting, a representative from the WHO confirmed immunization week is an important activity in the globe in protecting the community’s health as vaccination is one of effective ways to prevent people from infectious diseases and protect kids’ health to have next generation with good health.
After 31 years implementation in the country, hundred million vaccines had been administered freely in contributing to curb contagious diseases for kids and women and reducing infection cases and deaths.

At present, Vietnam has eliminated polio, tetanus amongst babies, whooping cough and the rate of death due to dangerous contagious diseases including measles, diphtheria and whooping cough drastically decreased.

Moreover, through measles -rubella free vaccination campaign for 20 million kids last time and the measles-rubella is added into the National Expanded Immunization Program, Vietnam has made efforts to curb measles thoroughly.

During World Immunization Week 2016, held 24-30 April, WHO highlights recent gains in immunization coverage, and outlines further steps countries can take to “Close the Immunization Gap” and meet global vaccination targets by 2020.

By Minh Khang - translated by Uyen Phuong

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