Covid-19 Battle: Media Re-strategize Against Third Wave

Representatives of some key radio stations drawn from different divisions in the Northwest region, with a well defined audience have attended a press briefing against the third round of the Intensified Vaccination Campaign against Covid-19 from November 17th to 21st 2021.

This phase will target persons from 18years and above. In addition to the Johnson and Johnson single dose Vaccine, the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be administered to persons who previously recieved their first dose. They will not need to repeat the first dose.

Inline with the Expanded program on Immunization, these radio stations were made to understand that it is imperative to continue emphasizing through their respective key programs, on the need to respect barrier measures against Covid-19 and most especially urge the population to adhere to advice and go for their vaccines.

For this third phase of the campaign, over 47,000 people are targeted. About 1.54% of the population have been vaccinated. The focal point for Communication for Public health NW, Saho Raoul asked journalists to put in more efforts to educate the local masses, to go for their vaccines and seek advice from health experts Incase of any doubts.

Boosting the Covid-19 vaccination campaign was the objective of the press briefing. It is within the context of the outbreak of the Delta virus, considered to be more deadly than the first and second wave, as infected cases multiply on a daily basis followed with a high toll on death rate.

Saho Raoul commissions the media to ncrease the herd community for collective immunity.

"We are at 0 to 1% on the number of people vaccinated. That's where we are, we have a problem and that is where more work needs to be done." Saho Raoul, Focal Point communication Public Health NW.

During the third campaign, medical teams will be deployed to the field, teams will be mobile. It will be door to door, medical teams will be at fixed key positions, in the markets, mosque and in all health districts.

By Ndefru Melanie


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