MWAPE MWENYA, Lusaka
FIRST Lady Esther Lungu says the absence of common vaccines to prevent childhood diseases endangers the future of children and the nation at large.
Mrs Lungu said for immunisation to take effect, it is cardinal to acquire data that provides a baseline for planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
Mrs Lungu was speaking recently at the Better Immunisation Data (BID) initiative organised by PATH, a non-governmental organisation, with support from the Ministry of Health.
Mrs Lungu was accompanied by Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya and acting permanent secretary for administration Kennedy Malama.
“I am glad to learn that the Ministry of Health has been working closely with PATH in the last four years in the BID initiative. All this is aimed at improving the integrity of data collected, as well as ensure data is used to improve the level of care by health workers to children and mothers,” Mrs Lungu said.
Mrs Lungu pledged to support the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders in ensuring immunisation is made available as close to communities as possible.
She said immunisation has proved to be the best way to keep children healthy and urged stakeholders to support interventions and partnerships aimed at improving data on immunisation.
“I am aware that the Ministry of Health is implementing a transformation agenda that seeks to put primary healthcare at the centre of its operations. This approach will ensure interventions that promote health and prevention of diseases are brought as close to every community as possible.
And Dr Malama said the BID initiative programme which is being implemented in Southern Province is expected to be extended to other parts of the country.