Mwinilung’a district public health officer, Friday Lishomwa, has encouraged mothers to take their children under the age of five to the nearest health centre to have them vaccinated against severe diarrhoea.
Mr Lishomwa observed that diarrheal diseases have been one of the major causes of deaths among children under the age of five and urged mothers in the district to take advantage of the newly introduced Rota vaccine to protect the lives of their infants.
He made the appeal in an interview with ZANIS in Mwinilung’a today.
Mr Lishomwa said it is important to have children under the age of five vaccinated against various diseases if they are to grow up into healthy future leaders who can positively contribute to national development.
Meanwhile, Mr Lishomwa has disclosed that over 2,000 children under the age of five have so far been vaccinated and given vitamin A supplement in the on- going child health week exercise.
Mr Lishomwa, who described the mothers’ response as overwhelming, said the centre at the district hospital is targeting to vaccinate about 3,804 children under the age of five.