A six-day campaign was launched in North Darfur on Wednesday, which aims to vaccinate women of child-bearing age (between 15 and 45 years old) in vulnerable areas of the state against tetanus.
North Darfur Health Ministry official, Imaduldin Fathallah Badawi, the said that the campaign which will target the localities of Um Kadada, Kutum, Mellit, Dar Esalam, El Kuma, Kalamindo, El Tina, and El Waha, where pregnant women and new-born babies are most vulnerable to tetanus, adding that the vaccination campaign will be carried out via fixed and branch centres, and mobile teams. On Wednesday, the Ministry of Health in Khartoum signed a strategic document with a number of international partners, to eliminate tetanus among mothers and new-born by 2020. The Minister of Health of Sudan, Bahar Idris Abu Garda, has announced launching of the campaign in 76 localities out of 15 states as of Wednesday The document was signed by the World Health Organization, the United Nations Population Fund, UNICEF, civil society organizations networks, the National Population Fund, the Federal Ministry of Health and the Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists. Addressing the launch celebration, Minister Abu Garda renewed the government’s commitment to health issues at all levels. He stressed the Ministry’s commitment to creating conducive environment for civil society organizations and to work with them to eliminate tetanus.