A three-day quarterly review meeting of the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI), under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) and its partners, got underway Monday, 4 March 2013, in Kakata, Margibi County.
Mr. Adolphus T. Clarke, Deputy Program Manager, on EPI at the MOHSW told the Heritage at the start of the three-day EPI review meeting that the meeting is in fulfillment of the EPI’s previous meeting, which called for the holding of annual review meeting with all the service counties [Liberia’s 15 political sub-divisions.
He disclosed that the over 60 participants, including County Health Officers (CHO) and attending the three-day review meeting are expected to deliberate on achievements, barriers and challenges confronting the EPI, and find a way forward for the success of the program in the country .
He further disclosed that the single most prevailing challenge observed at the ongoing review meeting is that presentations from reporting counties indicate that the third doze of the pentavillian vaccine [Penta-3] being greater than the second doze of the pentavillian vaccine [Penta-2], adding that such scenario should not be the case.
Pentavillian is a vaccine administered to children in the age range from six weeks to fourteen weeks, for the purpose of preventing five childhood diseases, including tetanus and Hepatitis-B.
The Deputy EPI Program Manager stated that two partners of the MOHSW, World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) graced the start of the three-day review meeting, with WHO Medical Officer, Dr. Zatar Wambai delivering a special statement on behalf of partners of the MOHSW’s EPI program.
Meanwhile, Deputy Program Manager Clarke added that UNICEF and WHO are key partners to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare for the expanded programme on immunization (EPI) in Liberia. UNICEF supports supply of drugs and vaccines, communication and social mobilization support for national vaccination campaigns (Polio, Yellow Fever) as well as routine immunization activities, and training of health service at national and sub national levels with WHO.