Ha Tinh (VNA) – Immunisation is one of the most important measures to
protect the community from life-threatening and popular contagious diseases,
said Deputy Minister of Health Truong Quoc Cuong.
He was speaking at a ceremony held in the central province of Ha Tinh on April
19 in response to the World Immunisation Week 2019 themed “Protected Together:
Cuong said that after 30 years implementing the expanded free immunisation
programme, with high vaccination rate of more than 95 percent, Vietnam wiped
out poliomyelitis in 2000, and eliminated neonatal tetanus in 2005. Many other
diseases like measles, diphtheria and whooping cough have fallen significantly.
He said that parents should have their children fully vaccinated in the
recommended schedule in order to create a barrier of immunisation for the whole
community. Meanwhile, authorities at all levels should work to ensure
sufficient money for the vaccination campaign, and assure the injection rate at
95 percent in all communes and wards.
In the coming time, the health ministry will add more vaccines to the expanded
vaccination programme, he added.
According to the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, the programme has
been carried out in all cities and provinces nationwide since 1985. Free
vaccination against ten most popular contagious illnesses has been open to all
children aged 0-36 months, and women of childbearing age.-VNA