The Salima District Health Office (DHO) says it has vaccinated 216 813 children in the Measles-Rubella Vaccination Campaign against the targeted 204 714, representing 106 percent coverage.
Speaking in an interview, the Expanded Programme on Immunisation coordinator Luciano Abraham said that the figures show that the district had a successful campaign.
“We are happy that we have covered over hundred percent of our target. In short, we can say that the campaign was very successful and I believe we have vaccinated every person within the targeted age group,” he said.
According to Abraham, the campaign has also beaten the target in the administration of vitamin A by reaching 86 286 from the target of 71 815 and 82 753 from the target of 60 533 for de-worming.
In a separate interview, Salima DHO spokesperson Angella Nyongani confirmed the figures and attributed the success to good planning.
“We are happy that we have beaten our targets. We owe it to good planning, collaboration with partners and good coordination among government departments,” she said.
Nyongani said the campaign was well publicised. She said the nationwide teachers’ sit-in over unpaid leave grants and other issues posed a challenge but they managed to change the strategy.
“Due to the sit-in, the children were not in school so we resolved to reach them in the communities,” said Nyongani.