|Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam (first left) urges the health sector to maintain high immunisation rates yesterday at a meeting held in order to respond to the Immunisation Week 2015 in Bac Giang Province. — Photo bacgiangtv
BAC GIANG (VNS)— Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam urged the health sector to maintain high immunisation rates yesterday at a meeting held in order to respond to the Immunisation Week 2015 in Bac Giang Province.
Dam praised the health sector's efforts and the support of international organisations in obtaining high immun-isation rates in Viet Nam over the few past years.
"We pride ourselves on the high child vaccination rate. However," Dam added, "we are displeased that immunisation hasn't yet reached all children in the country."
The deputy PM said that relevant ministries and sectors should work together with the health sector to provide sufficient number of safe vaccines to all people in the country," said Dam.
UNICEF representative Youssouf Abdel-Jelil said that about 51,000 Vietnamese children under the age of one had yet to be fully immunised in 2014.
For example, despite the success of the recent measles and rubella campaign, which reached more than 19 million children between 1-14 years old, Abdel-Jelil said 518,000 children failed to get vaccinations.
"It is vital that all parents complete the recommend doses of vaccines and strictly adhere to the national immunisation schedule," he said, "For this, we must use every means possible to restore parent's confidence in immunis-ation."
The UNICEF representative suggested that Viet Nam should integrate immunisation with other health services to reduce missed opportunities and to provide health education on the importance of immunisation.
Immunisation Week is an annual campaign to increase the number of vaccinated people as well as raise public awareness about the importance of vaccinations for both children and adults.
Health sector statistics report that Viet Nam maintained a 97 per cent rate of routine immunisation of children throughout 2014.
The Expanded Programme on Immunisation has saved an estimated 42,000 lives and prevented more than 6.7 million cases of serious childhood diseases in Viet Nam over the past 27 years.
WHO and UNICEF estimated that across the world, around 1.5 million children die each year from diseases that vaccines could easily prevent. — VNS