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Liberia launches African Vaccination Week

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African Vaccination Week
African Vaccination Week
LIBERIA-Vaccinators will administer vaccines across the country this week against polio, penta, rota, measles and yellow fever, among others, as Liberia celebrates the Seventh Anniversary of the launch of African Vaccination Week. Speaking at the launch in Grand Bassa County, WHO Coordinator, Genevieve Mensah, stressed the need for children to be vaccinated against preventable diseases as it contributes to their growth and makes them healthy. She said it is against this background that WHO remains committed to supporting the implementation of the AVW, and the vaccination prevents three (m) Million deaths yearly, and further promotes education and poverty reduction. For his part, Assistant Health Minister, Dr. Sampson Azuaquoi, called on the participants to serve as ambassadors in their respective communities and schools to encourage mothers and care givers take their children for vaccination. It can be recalled that African Health Ministers decided to institutionalize an annual African Vaccination Week to strengthen immunization programs in the region by increasing awareness, at the Sixtieth Session of WHO Regional Committee held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
 


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