WHO commends Enga

Highlands

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) has commended Enga for promoting its immunisation programme.
The provincial government handed over six vehicles last week to support the public health and vaccination programmes.
The vehicles are to assist in the supervision of mobile and outreach clinics, and ensure that supplies of vaccines from the province reach district health facilities. Governor Sir Peter Ipatas also committed K1 million to support the vaccination programme. It is expected to be released in January.
The vaccination programme coverage in Enga has remained at between 30 and 35 per cent in the past four years.
It increased the risk of children and mothers getting preventable diseases such as measles, rubella, tetanus, and TB. There were measles outbreaks in 2013 and 2014 linked to the poor immunisation coverage.
World Health Organisation representative in Papua New Guinea Dr Pieter Van Maaren said regular mobile and outreach clinics were needed to improve these health indicators.
Dr Van Maaren commended the Enga governor’s actions for what he terms is a “step up” in addressing immunisation coverage and health indicators, setting an example for other provinces with low immunisation coverage.
WHO has already assigned an international consultant and organised training for the health workers, provided vaccine refrigerators and conducted regular supervision and monitoring in the province’s routine immunisation programme, which will benefit the province.

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