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Ministry announces introduction of typhoid conjugate vaccine

The Ministry of Health through the Zomba District Health Office has announced the introduction of the typhoid conjugate vaccine in Zomba.

This has been said through the press briefing which the office has among others the campaign will commence on 15 to 21 May 2023.

In Zomba the office targeted 435993 young people under the age of 0 months to 14 years. 

Speaking to the press Alnod Mndalira public relation officer for Zomba district health office said among other young people will also receive the polio vaccine, Vitamin A, Typhoid vaccine as well as measles (Chikuku) vaccine.

Ndalira addressing journalists

“We will administer the polio vaccine to children under the age of 0 to 5 years, Vitamin A from the age of 6 months to 5 years, chikuku and Rubella from the age of 9 months to 5 years, and typhoid to children under the age of 9 months to 14 years and we will use schools, door to door campaign as well as hospital and clinics to administer the vaccines,” said Ndalira

Ndalira also said that typhoid disease is caused by a bacteria called salmonella typh which is due to poor sanitation and the signs of the disease are constipation, stomach pains as well as a headache.

“We are promoting hygiene at every household because the disease is dangerous but it is preventable” Mndalira concluded. 

The program is funded by Gavi

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