RUMONGE January 26th (ABP) – The First Lady of the Republic of Burundi Mrs. Angeline Ndayishimiye proceeded Monday, January 24, 2022, to the official launch of the vaccination campaign against measles and rubella coupled with the mother-child health week, which begins on January 25 until January 29, 2022. The activities for the launch of that campaign took place at the Mutambara Health Center where the children concerned received drops of vitamin A vaccines and albendazole tablets.
In her speech, Mrs. Angeline Ndayishimiye invited the people in general and parents in particular, to respond massively in that vaccination campaign against measles and rubella, in order to eradicate those childhood diseases, while pointing out that the government has always made a lot of effort to make vaccines available.
The Minister of Public Health and the Fight against AIDS, Mrs. Sylvie Nzeyimana, gave a detailed presentation of the organization of the activities of that campaign, specifying the age groups concerned as well as the priority health districts, among which Rumonge is included.
Mrs. Nzeyimana insisted on the return of measles to Burundi since 2019, especially in the districts located on the borders. For her, that is one of the reasons that would push the people to respond massively to that vaccination campaign.
However, she indicated that, the infant mortality rate has seriously decreased as a result of measles vaccinations.
The governor of Rumonge province, Mr. Consolateur Nitunga indicated in his speech that 220,000 children and 24,000 pregnant women are expected in that province to be vaccinated during that campaign.