United Towards Polio: Nationwide Polio Vaccination Marketing campaign Kicks Off in Liberia

United Towards Polio: Nationwide Polio Vaccination Marketing campaign Kicks Off in Liberia

Dr. Catherine Cooper, Liberia's Chief Medical Officer administers first vaccine during the nationwide polio vaccination campaign launch in Liberia

Monrovia, Liberia – The Ministry of Well being in collaboration with companions has commenced a four-day nationwide polio vaccination marketing campaign, which begins on Might 10, 2024, with the purpose of responding to an outbreak of the circulating vaccine-derived polio virus kind 2. This important marketing campaign is carried out concurrently with Sierra Leone, Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Ivory Coast. The cross-border initiative goals to immunize all eligible youngsters, together with these crossing nationwide boundaries.

The marketing campaign’s main goal is to guard the well being of youngsters underneath the age of 5 years by making certain 859,091 youngsters are vaccinated. The administration of the nOPV2 polio vaccine is pivotal in halting the unfold of the polio virus circulation.

Over 1,700 devoted well being staff will drive the marketing campaign, using a multifaceted method. These professionals will work carefully with communities, spreading very important details about the significance of immunization, and administering vaccines from home to deal with. Vaccines may even be administered at well being amenities in numerous places.

“Immediately, we stand united with our neighboring nations in West Africa as we embark on a synchronized polio immunization marketing campaign. We consider this collective effort will bolster the safety of our youngsters,” stated Dr. Catherine Cooper, Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer. “The Authorities of Liberia is dedicated to supporting worldwide efforts geared toward eradicating polio from our world. We urge our well being staff to depart no baby unvaccinated throughout their rounds. We additionally name upon our mother and father and communities to lend their full assist. Our final aim is to make sure the protection of our nation.”

In solidarity with Liberia’s efforts, representatives from UNICEF and the World Well being Group (WHO) proceed to supply their assist all through the marketing campaign.

“Immediately marks a big step ahead in our collective struggle in opposition to polio, “stated Andy Brooks, UNICEF Consultant in Liberia. “I’m deeply moved by the dedication and dedication proven by everybody concerned on this nationwide marketing campaign. Our aim is evident – to make sure that each baby underneath the age of 5 is vaccinated and shielded from this debilitating illness. We consider that each baby, irrespective of the place they dwell, has the precise to a wholesome future. This marketing campaign is not only about administering vaccines; it’s about safeguarding the way forward for Liberia’s youngsters. Collectively, we are able to kick Polio out of Liberia.”

Echoing this sentiment, the WHO Consultant in Liberia, Dr. Clement Peter, acknowledged “Vaccination is a cornerstone of public well being, and thru collective motion, we are able to overcome polio. The success of this marketing campaign hinges on group engagement and consciousness. Collectively, we are able to empower mother and father and caregivers to make knowledgeable choices about their youngsters’s well being as we propel in direction of a polio-free Liberia”.

Reflecting on Liberia’s dedication to public well being, Minister of Well being, Dr. Louise M. Kpoto, urged mother and father and caregivers to prioritize their youngsters’s vaccination. “We implore all mother and father and guardians to avail themselves of this chance to safeguard the well being and way forward for our youngsters. Collectively, we are able to get rid of the specter of polio and construct a more healthy, extra resilient Liberia.”

This marketing campaign marks a big milestone in Liberia’s ongoing efforts to guard its residents from Vaccine Preventable Ailments, due to the unwavering assist of the International Polio Eradication Initiative, GAVI- The Vaccine Alliance, Rotary Worldwide and companions.

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