OPUWO: Eight villages here were not covered during the second round of the National Immunisation Days (NIDs) here, said Chief Health Programme Administrator at the Kunene Regional Health Directorate, Jogobeth Karutjaiva.
The NIDs are conducted in two phases, of which the first took place from 05 to 07 June and the second from 10 to 12 July this year.
Karutjaiva told Nampa on Thursday that the places that were left out were part of 96 villages that had to be covered with the assistance of a helicopter.
“The helicopter team did a great job and managed to cover 88 villages in five days,” said Karutjaiva.
The helicopter team had to work more days during the second round of NIDs to try and cover as many villages as possible.
According to her, the Namibian Police (NamPol) helicopter that was assisting in covering areas that are hard to reach by road, had to be taken back for service after a certain number of kilometres, and they could not continue with the remaining eight villages.
“We, however, managed to cover 96 per cent of our target group of children from zero to under five years old,” noted Karutjaiva.
She said the fist NID campaign was too demanding, as many things were to be done – vitamin supplements given and vaccination against polio – and the age group was also different, which made it a bit tough, because the numbers of people to be covered was high.
During the first NID at least 94 per cent of the targeted group – zero to fifteen years – was covered.
Approached for comment, Director of Health for Kunene Region, Thomas Shapumba told Nampa on Saturday that the eight villages that were left by the helicopter team would be covered during the normal vaccination programmes.
“These eight villages were left out during the NID campaign and there is no way we can get them done again, but a programme has been drafted for them to be covered in the regular vaccination programme,” said Shapumba.