Chipinge residents have expressed gratitude to government for the expanded programme on immunisation on measles and human papilloma virus (HPV) being conducted across the district.

Spearheaded by the Ministry of Health and Child Care, the expanded programme has seen at least 24 000 children from across the district being vaccinated against the killer diseases.

Community members who spoke to ZBC News expressed gratitude to government for the timeous intervention, especially coming after the devastating Cyclone Idai.

Chipinge district nursing officer Sister Plaxedes Mandevana said the outreach turn-out has been overwhelming since the onset of the programme last week.

Sister Mandevana said: “we are hoping to continue on a positive trajectory but so far we have done significantly well in terms of progress”.

In Chimanimani, the same initiative is still ongoing particularly in schools and selected clinics.

Meanwhile, more than 34 000 people across Europe caught measles in the first two months of 2019, with the vast majority of cases in Ukraine, hence the importance of the expanded programme on immunisation across the country.