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500 Orphans, Vulnerable Children Vaccinated Against Meningitis, Typhoid 

By Nelen Tambe — More than 500 orphans and vulnerable children aged three to 18, were, January 11, vaccinated against meningitis and typhoid in Yaounde. The vaccination exercise falls in line with the 11th edition of the health campaign for orphans and vulnerable children in Yaounde and its environs, organised by the ShemKa Foundation.

According to ShemKa Foundation Programme Manager, Jean Calvin Nama Ntsé, the health campaign was initiated with the aim of reaching out to orphanages and other institutions taking care of vulnerable children.

He added that the vaccine lasts for three years before it is renewed and this equally gives them the possibility to help new children brought to these orphanages and other institutions. “Some of these institutions have very poor health conditions so, the vaccine is to prevent illnesses like meningitis and typhoid,” Nama said. After administering the vaccines, it was indicated in the children’s hospital booklets that they have received the vaccine.

This, according to one of the nurses, was to avoid confusion and prevent any child from taking the dose twice before the due period. Created in 2000, the ShemKa Foundation has as objective to take care of the under-privileged, orphans, persons living with HIV/AIDS and the old. The Programme Manager said the foundation aims at developing and taking care of the population through sensitising them on health issues.

First published in The Post print edition no 01496

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