Chipata not spared from shortage of BCG vaccine which has hit the country

Young Mothers in Chipata have appealed to government to speed up the procurement of BCG drugs, a vaccination for newly born babies.
ZANIS reports that Mary Nkhata of Kapata Township says that as a young mother who has given birth to a first born Child, she is worried with the absence of the vaccine.
She states that the mothers were not sure whether to take their children to private clinics in the district as suggested by some people.
And Gloria Phiri of Nabvitika Compound says that even if government has given an explanation that there was a grace period of two years for a child to be vaccinated, most mothers were worried.
And confirming the Development at district level, Maternal Neo-natal Child Health Nursing Officer, Sarah Tembo, said that the BCG vaccine was out of stock.
Mrs. Tembo however, advised the mothers that were able to have their children taken to private clinics to have their babies given the vaccine adding that the district always got data with regards to immunization from the Private Clinics.
She was however, quick to mention that those that were not able, can wait until the stocks are available because there was no need for them to panic.
Government has indicated that supplies of the BCG drugs will start arriving in the country next week on Tuesday.
Provincial Medical Officer Dr. Kennedy Malama could not be reached for comment by News time.

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