The government and its partners are committed to eliminating measles and rubella through a vaccination campaign targeting children aged between 6 months and 5 years.

The campaign will run across the country from the 23rd to the 27th of this month.

The national measles and rubella vaccination campaign and vitamin A supplementation was launched this Friday in Dema, Seke District, with residents of the area commending government efforts in fighting against diseases which affect young children.

“We are happy with what the government is doing for our children and we are looking forward to vaccinate our children,”said one villager

United Nations representative Mr Peter Mugwisi said the campaign will protect children from the highly infectious diseases.

“The campaign will give children an opportunity to prevent the effects of the deadly deceased,” said Mr Mugwisi

Provincial nursing officer Eunice Takura, who represented health and child care minister Dr Obediah Moyo, said the programme is aimed at safeguarding the future of young children by protecting them from the deadly measles disease.

Statistics from the country’s immunisation programme from 2015 to date show an alarming increase in the number of children missing measles vaccinations, hence government’s initiative to ensure every child is vaccinated.