WINDHOEK – As the target shifted toward handling the world-wide Covid-19 pandemic, important well being services these as regime immunization experienced a blow with numerous kids subsequently lacking out on their program immunization.
“The difficulty of Covid-19 affecting our immunization was felt at a countrywide amount,” states Tomas Ukola, the Khomas Wellness Regional Director. The regimen immunization programme and maternal and youngster health days were disrupted largely for the reason that of lockdowns and the decongestion happening in lots of well being facilities.
“The reality that our health amenities were restricted in conditions of giving in particular person companies due to the perceived risk of COVID. All these programmes ended up suspended,” spelled out Ukola.
Ukola even further describes that the Ministry tried out to uncover alternate venues for providing schedule immunization services this kind of as neighborhood halls, but this did not always get the job done out perfectly in phrases of attracting the eligible consumers.
“We did try out to decongest our overall health services by getting substitute venues to provide program immunization so that suitable babies and little ones are not skipped. The substitute venues the place we could offer these companies had been also constrained. We did not have considerably of a alternative in conditions of place to provide routine immunization. We could not discover alternative spaces to give plan immunization due to the fact we could not provide those people providers in a usual health and fitness facility,” defined Ukola.
Meanwhile, Dr Glennson Haihambo, the Senior Professional medical Officer at the Nankudu District Medical center in the Kavango-West constituency mentioned they test to incorporate vaccination in the session rooms when attending to people.
“When we see people we try to ask if they are vaccinated not only for COVID-19 but a lot more importantly the paediatric people for regime immunization. We also go via their overall health passports to make certain that they are up to date with the vaccination due to the fact if we wait around right until national vaccination days then we will have a good deal of men and women to protect. But if they appear for a easy cold and flu we also look at if their immunization is up to date as properly,” explained Haihambo.
Nevertheless, when the Ministry of Health and fitness and Social Products and services recognized the Essential Health and fitness Providers Pillar with steerage from the Planet Health and fitness Corporation (WHO) region business office, schedule immunization expert services slowly commenced finding up. “We invested in boy or girl overall health expert services like immunization, and diet and the thought was to increase the excellent of treatment,” said Dr Charles Sagoe-Moses, the WHO State Agent. In addition, WHO has been instrumental in coordinating support from different companions to guidance Namibia in its response.
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