We talked about vaccines with… Jean-Pierre Mouanda, district supervisor in Pointe-Noire
Vigorous, alert and obtainable, Jean-Pierre Mouanda is on the service of the inhabitants. This engineer skilled within the former USSR is a vital relay for the authorities to achieve the populations in varied awareness-raising operations. Whether or not it’s towards gender-based violence or the battle towards juvenile delinquency, it’s omnipresent.
What’s the function of neighborhood leaders in vaccination operations and the promotion of well being usually among the many populations of Pointe-Noire?
Jean-Pierre Mouanda: We’re doing every thing in order that our populations might be in good well being. We clear the gutters to battle towards malaria, we assist transport destitute individuals to hospitals. Through the lisungi operations (an operation launched by the Congolese State to grant direct monetary support to the poorest populations, editor’s observe), we assist to determine the beneficiaries, and so forth.
Inform us about your involvement within the newest measles vaccination marketing campaign within the neighborhood of base 106 in Pointe-Noire.
We performed an enormous function. On the degree of our respective neighborhoods, we welcomed the vaccination groups. Earlier than that, we sensitized the block leaders who went from home to accommodate, and helped to search out kids from zero to 5 years previous in order that they could possibly be vaccinated. Block and zone leaders remained on alert to achieve the kids. If we have been in a position to vaccinate 80% of the kids, it’s due to the district, block and zone leaders.
“I ask the mother and father to convey the kids to the well being facilities to be vaccinated. It’s in our curiosity. »
What explains why the target of 100% of vaccinated kids has not been reached?
Sadly, some residents have no idea the significance of vaccines. I needed to go to a toddler who had not been vaccinated (towards poliomyelitis, editor’s observe); in the present day this little one is grown up, he’s an grownup. However he’s paralyzed and can’t arise. There are nonetheless many mother and father who don’t perceive the function of vaccines. Some say it is pointless problem.
We insist on saying that it’s to save lots of their kids, to keep away from their paralysis. We have to get nearer to those individuals who nonetheless doubt. Clarify to them that their kids stay susceptible to ailments.
You might be vaccinated towards COVID-19, have you ever set an instance?
My complete household is vaccinated. I had my complete household vaccinated, beginning with me! All of the block chiefs, zone chiefs in my neighborhood are additionally vaccinated. I obtained them to do it. It’s for everybody’s profit. In any other case we’re able to dragging different individuals into illness.
Lastly, what message would you wish to convey?
Individuals should contemplate that well being is a major factor. If you’re not in good well being, you can’t go to work in an workplace, stroll round, do enterprise, research… I ask mother and father to convey their kids to well being facilities to be vaccinated. It’s in our curiosity. We have to be vigilant and keep away from being trapped by false info and ignorance.
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