5 February 2014

Burundi to Cut Child Mortality Rates

Bujumbura — The Second Vice-President of Burundi, Dr.Ir Gervais Rufyikiri has thanked Gavi-Alliance and other partners for the support extended to the Government of Burundi in the promotion of public health and he reiterated the commitment of the Government of Burundi to work closely with its partners for the well-being of Burundians.

The second Vice-President said this recently while introducing a new vaccine against diarrhea caused by rotavirus in the commune of Isale in Bujumbura province.

The introduction also coincided with the launch of the Mother - Child week and Celebration of the week dedicated to breastfeeding.

The Second Vice president was accompanied by the Minister for Health and the fight against HIV/AIDS Dr. Sabine NTAKARUTIMANA in the several ceremonies to mark these events.

The vaccine is given to children of one month and a half and two months and a half.

In his speech, the Second Vice- President said that the introduction of this new vaccine and launch of the Child week is being done to promote good health for children and women in an effort to reach the Millennium development Goals.

He said that even as parents respond massively to vaccinate their children, there is still a lot to be done to reduce the mortality rate among the under five year children and pregnant women.

He urged parents to support vaccination with hygienic measures, good nutrition for their children and family planning.

He has also called on all parents to bring their children to the vaccination centers and to always ensure their children are vaccinated.

The Second Vice-President also urged the public to use mosquito nets in order to fight against malaria.

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