Health: Digital Sensitization on Poliomyelitis, Approved as One of the Means for Sensitization

A virtual planification meeting has taken place to best strategize on how to communicate in the course of the Poliomyelitis E-Campaign that is expected to kickstart in May 2022.

UNICEF and WHO partners of MINSANTE, EPI Staff; technicaly in charge of Immunisation in Cameroon were all present to discuss how best messages can be crafted and diseminated vis-à-vis the E- Campaign on polio.

Poliomyelitis is described as a disease caused by a virus that may cause paralysis and is easily preventable by the polio vaccine.

Children below 5 years are mostly affected and Poliovirus is described as a virus transmitted through contaminated water or food, or contact with an infected person.

Information reveals that poliomyelitis is incurable and can be prevented by taking vaccines appropriately. In course of the planning virtual session, statistics of the situation of polio was revealed from the year 2020.

During brainstorming, results, challenges and loop holes of past sensitization on polio was discussed to see how to better fine tune the E-Campaign for May 2022.

Bloggers/ online journalists are expected to counter past challenges by using all social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, sharing across platforms or social media handles frequently use by thousands of people having access to the internet.

Through these means, there is a high probability that a greater majority of the population would have been reached, including vulnerable children, Zero-dose children, successfully integrating the different interventions. Ensuring the buy-in of populations who are distrustful of vaccination.

By Ndefru Melanie in Bamenda


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