The National Children Immunisation Programme helps Brunei Darussalam to achieve and maintain a children immunisation coverage rate of more than 95 percent every year. The statistic shows that the Sustainable Development Goal 2030 has been achieved. The Minister of Health underscored the matter in the message in conjunction with World Immunisation Week 2019 celebrated every last week of April.
According to Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar, the National Children Immunisation Programme for children aged 0 to 5 years is one of the programmes provided at every health clinic and centre in the country. It is one of the step forward in broadening access to immunisation especially among babies and children in the country.
Yang Berhormat added, among the clear health impacts from vaccinations for babies is the prevention of diseases, disabilities and death. Meanwhile, the provision of vaccines for those at high-risk such as those with chronic diseases, food handlers and health workers can provide protection from life-threatening diseases.
In this regard, the Minister of Health in his message urged for all parents to take the matter seriously and be more committed in ensuring their children receive full vaccinations according to the set schedule and use the facilities provided by the government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam through Health Clinics and Centres nationwide.
This year, the World Health Organisation selected the theme "Protected Together, #VaccinesWork" which stresses on the role and responsibility of society at all levels including policy makers, health workers, parents, guardians and individuals in together increasing the immunisation coverage rate in order to protect children specifically and the community in general in a more effective and expansive manner.
Source: Radio Television Brunei