Tanzania: Ministry urges people to get vaccinated against Covid-19
THE COVID-19 vaccination campaign continued to progress, but still at a slower pace than expected, according to the Islands Ministry of Health.
The ministry has urged more people to get vaccinated among a growing number of patients killed by the virus.
“With only 85,000 doses received in June / July this year, only 10,866 have been vaccinated so far last Wednesday.
Previously, the doses were intended for the elderly, health workers and workers in the tourism sector, but we have decided to allow other members of the general public to receive the vaccine before it expires, ”said Dr Abdalla. Suleiman Ali, Director General of the Ministry of Health, Social Welfare, Seniors, Gender and Children.
He told the ‘Daily News’ here yesterday that most of those targeted, including health workers and the elderly, had not been vaccinated, despite repeated calls to do so, since the vaccines were received . Zanzibar with an estimated population of 1.5 million aims to vaccinate at least a quarter of the population by the end of this year.
Zanzibar is currently injecting its population with SINOVAC (55,000 doses) from China and SPUTNIK Light-5 (30,000) from Russia, given in Zanzibar.
“We expect to receive a shipment of ‘Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine’ within the next two weeks. Only a few doses have been brought in from mainland Tanzania and used for two days during the Kizimkazi festival with respect to President Samia Suluhu Hassan, “he said.
Health, Welfare, Seniors, Gender and Children Minister Nassor Ahmed Mazrui also joined Dr Ali in calling on the media to help encourage Zanzibar to go for the jab . He allayed fears, saying the vaccine is safe and helps minimize the risk of serious Covid-19 infections.
He also called on development partners to help Zanzibar produce enough oxygen for use in hospitals, especially during emergencies like this week when demand is high due to the growing number of people with related breathing difficulties. to the pandemic.
“We only have one oxygen production machine capable of producing 30 filled cylinders for use in the ‘pregnant woman’s labor room’ at Mnazi Mmoja Hospital.
The normal daily demand for oxygen is between 30 and 50 cylinders, but since last week the demand has increased between fifty and one hundred per day. We urgently need help because the hospitals in Zanzibar (Unguja and Pemba) depend on the oxygen produced in Mnazi Mmoja, ”said Dr Ali.
According to ministry data, Covid-19 cases have increased this week with 876 positive cases (last Friday) from 390 on August 10 this year and the number of deaths has risen to 40 from 15 deaths recorded eighteen ago days.