File: Health Minister Zweli Mkhize urged parents and caregivers not to default on their children’s vaccination schedule.
JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has urged parents to stick to their children’s vaccination schedules as the fight against COVID-19 continues.
The minister was speaking at the launch of this year’s Breastfeeding Week Campaign.
“We have noticed that some babies and children are missing their immunizations and growth monitoring during this time.
"Many of the illnesses we vaccinate against such as measles, polio, meningitis are much more dangerous to children that COVID-19," Mkhize said.
"I urge all mothers, fathers, and caregivers not to default on their children’s vaccination schedule for fear of visiting a facility and contracting COVID-19."
Last month, the World Health Organization and UNICEF warned the number of children worldwide getting life-saving vaccinations has declined this year largely because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The first four months of 2020 saw a "substantial drop" in the completion of the three-dose jab that protects against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough -- the first decline in 28 years.
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