In a statement sent to Xinhua on Tuesday, the WHO indicates that the Ivorian Ministry of Health launched a vaccination campaign against seasonal influenza on Monday with 15,000 doses of vaccine acquired thanks to international health partners, including the ‘WHO.
According to Mr. Aka Aouélé, health personnel constantly exposed in a hospital environment can constitute a risk for patients and for the community.
Also noting the importance of vaccinating health personnel, the WHO representative in Côte d’Ivoire, Jean-Marie Vianny Yaméogo, explained that this operation is essential because medical personnel constitute “a high-risk target” and influenza infection can lead to “increased absenteeism and disruption of medical services”.
In addition, he said, “studies have also shown that health workers vaccinated against influenza are more motivated to recommend vaccination to their patients.”
Côte d’Ivoire is one of the countries that have benefited from technical support from international partners, including the WHO, for the establishment of a national policy based on evidence regarding the vaccination of health personnel. , monitoring, evaluation of vaccination coverage, as well as surveillance of adverse events following vaccination, impact evaluation and post-introduction.
A first vaccination campaign for health workers against seasonal flu took place from February 3 to 28. It had been conducted in 33 districts representing eight health regions in the country and had recorded a coverage rate of 97%.