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PACHI Intensifies Covid 19 Vaccine Uptake in Phalombe

There is hope that uptake of Covid 19 vaccine will be improved in Phalombe There is hope that uptake of Covid 19 vaccine will be improved in Phalombe - pic by Christopher Sande

There is hope that uptake of Covid 19 vaccine will be improved in Phalombe thanks to Parent and Child Health initiative project (PACHI) for engaging traditional, religious and political leaders in the district.

Speaking during a meeting with the leaders from areas of Kaduya and Chiwalo on Wednesday, PACHI District Cordinator, Carlos Msosa said community leaders have a crucial role to encourage their subjects to receive the jab.

 "I am very happy to see Group Village Headman Boyidi and GVH Chabuka getting the jab. This is a step to attract more people to receive the vaccine so as to be safe from the disease," said Msosa.

Msosa further explained that it is worrisome that Phalombe district is one of the districts which has low uptake of Covid 19 vaccine.

He said the district' targets by the end of December, 2022 is 360, 358 people but as of now, it has only managed to vaccinate 43, 941 people.

 "To be specific, TA Kaduya has a target population of 68, 130 people to be vaccinated but it has only vaccinated 3, 548 people," said he.

He further stated that PACHI will continue collaborating with the ministry of health to increase the uptake through social and behaviour change interventions.

GVH Boyidi said he decided to get the jab to be safe and exemplary to his people.

On his part, Phalombe District health office spokesperson,  Daniel Chilomo commended PACHI for its efforts in providing awareness to communities on the importance of the Covid 19 vaccine. 
 
"People still have fears that need to be ironed out, so there need to do more, " said Chilomo.

PACHI is implementing the project with funding from UNICEF.

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