15,000 doses of seasonal influenza vaccine for the medical profession

The government of Côte d’Ivoire has acquired 15,000 doses of seasonal flu vaccine through a national vaccination campaign for health workers, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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.

The campaign, which is due to end on January 4, will be conducted in 35 districts representing eight health regions of the country as well as in health structures in the economic capital Abidjan.

“The Ministry of Health, through this campaign, wants to show the interest it attaches to the health of nursing staff,” said Minister of Health, Eugène Aka Aouélé, quoted by the press release.

According to Mr. Aka Aouélé, health personnel constantly exposed in a hospital environment can constitute a risk for patients and for the community.

“Also, I urge all health workers in the health districts concerned to get massively vaccinated during this campaign,” he added.

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%.

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