Neno to roll out cholera vaccine

Neno District Health Office will on August 1, 2022 roll out an oral Cholera vaccine in the district to contain the further spread of the disease.

Briefing members of the District Executive Committee (DEC) on Thursday at the District Hospital conference room, Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) Coordinator, Kondwani Chitembeya said the vaccine will be rolled out in the district targeting all age groups. 

Director of Health and Social Services Dr. Grace Momba self-administering the cholera dose 

He said that “The vaccine is a two-dose and will be rolled out from August 1 to 5, 2022 for the first dose and August 22 to 26, 2022 for the second dose.

Chitembeya said the campaign targets people from one year and above to mitigate the further spread of the disease which has hit the district hard.

He said the campaign would use different approaches like static and mobile clinics and village-to-village approaches in order to reach out to a lot of people.

The IDSR Coordinator said the Cholera vaccine if taken in two doses protects an individual for a period of three years.

Director of Health and Social Services (DHSS) for Neno, Dr. Grace Momba said the campaign was targeting 163,000 people in the district.

Neno Director of Health and Social Services Dr. Grace Momba taking a dose of the vaccine Neno 

She encouraged communities in the district to receive the Cholera vaccine to protect themselves from contracting the disease.

Neno District registered the first Cholera case in April 2022 and cumulatively the district has registered 127 cases with two deaths.