In 2013, 89 percent of children received the recommended Pentavalent vaccine. The vaccine protects against five diseases in children, namely diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, hepatitis and haemophilus influenza.
Despite this, it was reported at regional level that not all the districts reached the targeted 80 percent coverage as seven of the 35 districts in the country fell below the target percentage in terms of immunisation coverage.
The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Richard Kamwi, revealed the statistics at the launch of the ‘African Vaccination Week’ campaign at the Otjomuise clinic in Windhoek on Wednesday.
The African vaccination week campaign will run from Monday to Friday next week and children under five years old will be vaccinated at public health facilities as well as designated areas such as schools.
Part of the campaign is to emphasise the importance of immunising children especially against protection from childhood diseases that can be prevented if vaccinated.
Speaking at the launch, he expressed concern Namibia still experiences sporadic outbreaks of measles especially in the border arreas, an indication the nation’s children are not fully vaccinated.