Dar es Salaam. Two weeks after the launch of a countrywide campaign dubbed: ‘Ujanja ni kuchanja,’ the number of Tanzanians vaccinated against Covid-19 has reached 460,000 as of September 29, this year.
Since the commencement of the ‘Participatory and Immediate Community Immunization Program’ against the viral disease under the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children in collaboration with the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government, PO-RALG), vaccination centres have increased from 550 to 6,784.
The Director of Diseases Control at the ministry, Dr Leonard Subi, has called on religious leaders and people of different walks of life to continue educating the public on the importance of vaccination.
Dr Subi said when they reach different parts of the country, unvaccinated citizens will take the appropriate decision to take the jabs against the killer disease and maintain their health to carry out production activities aimed at boosting the country’s economy.
He said, in April, this year, President Samia Suluhu Hassan formed a committee to assess the situation of the pandemic in the country and health experts proposed the adoption of different measures including vaccination.
“Vaccines are effective to the health of people, therefore, Tanzanians should avoid misleading information from unprofessional critics because all scientific measures in developing the same have been observed,” said Dr. Subi.