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Northern Red Sea region: Community-based immunization of children registers satisfactory outcome

The Health Ministry’s branch in the Northern Red Sea region stated that community-based immunization of children has registered satisfactory outcome. Massawa, 2 April 2012 – The Health Ministry’s branch in the Northern Red Sea region stated that community-based immunization of children has registered satisfactory outcome.

Mr. Yohannes Tekeste, head of the Ministry’s branch in the region, explained that the program’s objective had targeted lowering morbidity and mortality rates of children, promoting environmental sanitation, ensuring first-aid to children, and above all raising public awareness as regards child health. He also indicated that positive results have been witnessed as far as community participation in the program is concerned.

Mr. Fisehaye Gergish, head of non-communicable diseases department in the Health Ministry’s branch in the region, said that the program which was implemented in 2007 in 14 villages has now been extended to 138 villages and that it is being pursued through community health volunteers.

]Zeineb Ibrahim and Mohammed Idris, Associate nurses in the region, expressed conviction that working through volunteers is a good approach of safeguarding public health and that the volunteers in the region are making commendable contribution in treating simple illnesses affecting children and ensuring first-aid.

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