Concern as Hela runs out of vaccines

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The National, Wednesday July 10th, 2013


HEALTH authorities in Hela have expressed concern that logistical problems may slow down the tetanus toxoid vaccination round three programme. 

Acting director for public health Hubert Chimbalu told The National from Tari yesterday that the team had run short of drug supplies for the vaccination and had no funds to pay for gas bottles that were used to preserve drugs. 

“We are running short of vitamin A red and blue, a vital component of the tetanus injection,” Chimbalu said. 

“The programme is into its second week now so by the end of the week we should know the number of women and girls we have covered in the three districts.” 

Meanwhile, Chimbu has given a positive report on the campaign which is working through its second week.

Director health services Margaret Kale said the programme was running smoothly throughout the five districts.  

“We hope to reach the target of 77,000 women by the end of the month when we complete the round at the last district which is reached only by air,” Kale said.

“Schools are on holiday but we have spoken to the provincial education adviser that we will visit the schools when students and teachers resume classes. 

“It has been an interesting experience especially the one-on-one consultations.

“We have reached out to both private and government sectors, and public places such as the markets where we find a lot of women.”