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Her Majesty Queen 'Masenate Mohato Bereng Seeiso launched a two week campaign to vaccinate children from the newborn to those aged below 15 years against measles, rubella and other life threatening childhood diseases.

The campaign is scheduled to start on February 13 until February 24 throughout the country.

Launching the campaign during a ceremony held at Morifi in Mohale's Hoek on Thursday, Her Majesty administered measles-rubella and polio vaccine, Vitamin A and deworming tablets to a selected child from within the area.

She singled out child immunization as an important and most effective way of protecting the children from some preventable diseases and disabilities whereby in 1980's, Lesotho excelled with such immunization. 'There is a need as the country to reflect where we went wrong as a move to improve coverage in child immunization,' she added.

She therefore called on parents and caregivers not to take the children for vaccination only during campaigns but should take them for scheduled immunization visits until they complete prescribed vaccines for healthy lives and better future.

She expressed delight to launch the campaign where children will be provided with lifesaving vaccines regardless of their immunization status, saying the recent study has shown presence of worms among the children as well as cases of rubella disease hence the campaign.

Aft the same event, the Minister of Health, Dr 'Molotsi Monyamane said arrangements have been made to reach all communities in hard to reach places.

He therefore called on the community leaders to ensure that all the children are vaccinated in order to reach the target.

Meanwhile, a Member of Parliament for Mekaling constituency, Mr. Kamoho Moroeng described the launch of the national campaign in the district as motivation to parents, families, members of the public and community leaders to play their role for successful implementation of the campaign and attainment of high coverage.

Present at the launch included Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, representatives of United Nations organizations, District Administrator, Senior Health personnel, community councilors and the public.

Measles is a communicable viral disease and its symptoms include high fever, red eyes and rash while rubella is a contagious disease caused by virus whereby most people who get it usually have mild illness with symptoms that can include stuffy or runny nose, headache, mild fever and red eyes.

Source: LENA 09/02/2017

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