Dr. Khaled Mujahid, Assistant Minister of Health and Population for Information and Awareness, and the official spokesperson for the ministry, explained that this campaign is the second to be launched during the year 2021, to vaccinate children from one day to 5 years old with “two consecutive doses”, which come as part of the vaccination campaigns against polio. Children implemented by the Ministry of Health and Population annually, with the aim of raising societal immunity and preserving Egypt free of disease as a pre-emptive step in conjunction with its emergence in a number of neighboring countries and the Eastern Mediterranean Region, within the framework of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s vision to advance public health and achieve sustainable development goals and Egypt’s 2030 vision.
Mujahid pointed out that the governorates with the highest frequency of citizens participating in the campaign within 3 days are (Cairo, Giza, Sharkia, Beheira, Qalyubia, and Dakahlia) with coverage rates of 100% of those targeted in these governorates.
Mujahid pointed out that vaccination is carried out through 90,000 fixed medical teams in health offices, units and medical centers, in addition to mobile teams in major squares, train and subway stations, and near mosques, churches, clubs, markets, bus and car stops, pointing out that vaccination in villages is done from During the passage of homes to reach all children targeted for vaccination in all governorates of the Republic, from eight in the morning until five in the evening.
For his part, Dr. Alaa Eid, head of the preventive medicine sector, confirmed that the campaign’s activities are being followed up daily through field passage on vaccination teams in the governorates, and through the Ministry’s Central Chamber for Preventive Affairs, pointing out that an evening meeting is held for all supervisors at the central level in the ministry with the supervisors of directorates Governorates Health Affairs to review the campaign, and ensure that 100% of the target is covered.
Eid added that the last case of polio was recorded in Egypt in 2004, and the World Health Organization declared that Egypt was free of the disease in 2006, and despite this, the Ministry of Health and Population carries out annual national campaigns to raise the immune status of children less than five years old, in order to continue Maintaining Egypt free of disease, and raising societal immunity against disease.
Eid stated that immunization programs against infectious diseases are among the most important priorities of health systems to prevent diseases of epidemic importance, and are considered one of the most important components of public health within the framework of the sustainable development goals in the field of health care, in line with international standards in order to preserve the health of citizens.