Vac­ci­nate, don’t wait says city

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Gauteng News - NTOMBI NKOSI ntombin@the­newage.co.za

THE city of Jo­han­nes­burg in Na­tional Phar­macy Aware­ness Month wants to en­sures that all chil­dren keep to their im­mu­ni­sa­tion sched­ules – in line with the ex­panded pro­gramme on im­mu­ni­sa­tion.

“For the first time the an­nual phar­macy health pro­mo­tion was al­lo­cated the en­tire month of Septem­ber.

“It used to be a cam­paign held over a week to pro­mote and cel­e­brate health­care ser­vices ren­dered by all health­care pro­fes­sion­als,” the deputy di­rec­tor for phar­macy in the city of Jo­han­nes­burg’s health department, Sipho Tsamaesi, said.

Phar­macy Aware­ness Month is sup­ported by the Na­tional Department of Health, the South African Phar­macy Coun­cil and Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal So­ci­ety of South Africa.

The theme this year is Don’t wait, Vac­ci­nate – phar­ma­cists will be urged to ed­u­cate com­mu­ni­ties of the im­por­tance of vac­ci­na­tion.

With vac­ci­na­tion, in­di­vid­u­als de­velop im­mu­nity to cer­tain dis­eases that pro­tect them, their fam­i­lies and thier com­mu­ni­ties.

“We will be vis­it­ing pa­tients at old age homes and re­tire­ment vil­lages to as­sist them with proper use of their chronic ill­ness med­i­ca­tions,” Tsamaesi said.

“Our health pro­mot­ers will give short talks at clin­ics, en­sur­ing that the im­por­tant mes­sage around im­mu­ni­sa­tion is shared with the en­tire com­mu­nity.

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