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Health ministry kick-starts developing communication plans

Mar 19, 2014, 10:21 AM | Article By: Abdoulie Nyockeh

A five-day workshop organised by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Monday kicked off at the Bwiam lodge, in Foni Kansala District of the West Coast Region.

The workshop was organised by the Health Communication unit under the Directorate of Health Promotion and Education at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare with funding from UNICEF.

It attracted over 25 participants drawn from the Ministry of Health and partners to develop a communication plan on expanded programme on immunization (EPI).

The Director of health promotion directorate, Modou Njai highlighted the importance of the workshop, saying that the overall objective was to come up with a comprehensive EPI communication plan which would contribute to the utilisation of EPIs services in the country.

A Belgian consultant, Annick Wouters, urged participants to work hard to come up with a well-recommended communication plan.

Deputizing for the EPI manager, Lamin Ceesay, EPI programme officer, commended UNICEF for funding the workshop, adding that it would help to develop a communication plan for the national EPI.

According to him, a lot of vaccines had been introduced into the routine EPI over the past years with the aim of reducing morbidity and mortality due to vaccine preventable diseases.