Cholera vaccine rollout kick-off
Written by Skyz Metro FM on January 30, 2024
The Ministry of Health and child care has began the oral cholera vaccine roll out in the country with a number of regions across the provinces of Masvingo, Manicaland, and Harare having already kickstarted the roll out processes.
This comes as part of the Ministry’s efforts to increase the immunity of those vaccinated, which is 2,3 million people starting at age one, with the number of cholera cases predicted to decline in the coming months.
In a speech read on his behalf at the launch of the vaccine by Harare Metropolitan Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister Charles Tavengwa, Health and Childcare Minister Dr Douglas Mombeshora urged citizens to get vaccinated.
“We urge citizens to get vaccinated against cholera as the nation seeks to reduce the number of reported cases”, he said.
The International Coordinating Group on Vaccine Provision, with assistance from UNICEF and WHO, distributed the vaccines to Zimbabwe. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, provided funding for the vaccinations via the International Coordinating Group (ICG).
2.3 million people residing in 160 wards across 26 high-risk districts in Harare,Mashonaland West, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland Central, Manicaland, Masvingo and Midlands will be vaccinated as part of this house-to-house and cluster-to-cluster vaccination program.
It is believed that these districts are the primary causes of the outbreak.