Children to receive Vitamin A supplement in Yei

Children receiving Vitamin A supplement in Yei River County – Photo by James innocent

By James Innocent

Thousands of children in Yei River County are set to receive vitamin A supplement.

This came in a campaign that brought together different health care workers from different departments within Yei River County which includes community health care volunteers, medical doctors from the county health department and ACROSS, a non-governmental organization that received funding from UNICEF to support the young children in the nutrition program as a plan for Vitamin A supplementation.

Speaking during the occasion, Emelida Reja Benjamin the nutrition focal person for Yei County health department says they are starting to launch the campaign and that they are targeting communities from the five Payam’s of Yei River County of Central Equatoria State. 

“Ministry of health republic of South Sudan central Equatoria state Yei River County health department and nutrition department in collaboration with Across with support from UNICEF has planned to curry out Vitamin A supplementation campaign on Tuesday morning which will commence in four days,” he said.

Reja mentions that Yei River County came up with fifty-six volunteers trained as vaccinators.

She advised the volunteers to be committed when giving vaccine to the young people because they are going to care about the children, so what we need from you is to put only two drops to the child not much to avoid complications,” she mentioned,

Meanwhile Dr. Gol Andrew Thok who works as the nutrition medical officer for ACROSS pointed out that this campaign is not new to them as it’s the second vaccination campaign targeting all the five Payams of Yei River County.

For his part, the Yei County health department representative appreciates ACROSS with funding from UNICEF for the vitamin A supplement campaign in Yei, “I thank ACROSS for coming up the Vitamin A supplementation campaign funded by UNICEF because we as government in the health department we have difficulties and she urges the rest of mothers to bring their children for the Vaccination.

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