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By Walter Wilson Nana

The second phase of the vaccination campaign against maternal and neonatal tetanus in Cameroon opens Tuesday, May 11. This information has been made public by the Ministry of Public Health.

Briefing journalists at the weekend in Buea, Southwest Regional Delegate of Public Health, Dr. John Chuwanga said his collaborators have been deployed in Kumba, Mbonge, the Bakassi zone (Kombo Abedimo, Kombo Etindi & Isangele), Fontem, Eyumojock and Akwaya health districts to pursue the campaign from May 11 – 14. “Largely, we shall be catching – up on the population of the aforementioned health districts because during the routine vaccination, we did not get to all the people we intended. That is why we are describing the exercise as catch – up,” he said.

While advising the population of the Southwest Region to come out for this campaign, Southwest Regional Supervisor of Immunisation, Dr. Mathilda Ako – Arrey said the intention of the government of Cameroon and the Ministry of Public Health is to avoid outbreak of diseases.
After the vaccination campaigns in the country from 2002 to 2009, it was decided that many districts did not achieve the expected vaccination coverage.

A consensus between the health authorities and development partners resulted in the recommendation to organize a catch – up round in health districts, which performed poorly after the three rounds of the campaign. Therefore, 43 health districts across the country were identified to benefit from this catch – up round.

Tetanus is a serious and dangerous disease caused by microbe, which enters into the body through a dirty wound or when the umbilical cord is unhygienically treated at birth or during farm work, since the germ is found, especially in the soil. The vaccination is free for all girls and women of 15 – 49 years old. A repeat of the vaccine by somebody who had earlier been administered is not a problem, the health officials indicated. 

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