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JOURNALISTS CRUCIAL IN INTEGRATED TYPHOID, MEASLES AND POLIO VACCINE CAMPAIGN

By Vincent Khonje MANA

Deputy Director of Preventive Health in the Ministry of Health, Mavuto Thomas, has urged journalists to take the lead in spreading awareness of the integrated Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine, Measles-Rubella, Polio (TCV, M-R, Polio) and Vitamin A Supplementary Immunization.

Speaking on Saturday during a two-day media orientation program in Salima, Thomas said the media will play an integral part in sensitising the people on the importance of the vaccine.

“The media is an essential partner in the successful implementation of the campaign expected to run from May 15-21, this year. The journalists should write accurate stories to promote the main agenda of the vaccines.” said Thomas.

The vaccines program will be supported by global fund through project implemention unit(PIU).

The integrated TCV, M-R, Polio and Vitamin A supplementary campaign is being implemented by Malawi Government in partnership with PATH Project and other partners.

PATH senior programmes officer Essau Mkisi said he appreciates the indulgence and involvement of the media in the campaign.

“The immunization campaign relies on the media giving positive feedback from the ground this helps in planning. We expect much efforts on awareness of the campaign to the communities,” said Chisi.

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