The Liberia Immunization Platform (LIP), a local non-governmental organization, will begin this year’s polio immunization awareness on Friday, October 23, in Monrovia, says the organization’s Secretary General, Mr. Suenah Sambola Flomo.
According to her, Global Alliance Vaccine Immunization (GAVI) has provided US$1,500 through the Catholic Relief Service (CRS) in Liberia for the campaign.
“I can assure all our mothers, caregivers and stakeholders that I pledge my organization’s full commitment to this year’s polio vaccination campaign and extensive awareness activities in Monrovia,” Mrs. Flomo said.
She said members of her staff will use their interpersonal communication skills to reach out to targeted communities in Monrovia. LIP staff will visit homes, entertainment centers and intellectual forums to explain the importance of the polio vaccine for children.
“We will also engage drama groups to simplify the messages about the importance of polio vaccination,” she said.
She said groups targeted for the polio vaccination awareness campaign will include the physically challenged, deaf, mothers, caregivers and students, among others.
Documentary films on polio immunization will be shown to deaf mothers and caregivers in the selected communities.
Mrs. Flomo said Total Dignity Institute (TDI), Youth Aid Liberia (YAL) and KID Rehabilitation Center are organizations that will provide assistance during the exercise.
She further stated that the YAL will carry out its awareness on Bushrod Island, specifically the Logan Town Community, while TDI staff will carry out their awareness in schools on the Old Road, 13th Street and nearby communities.
Mrs. Flomo said one of the strategies is to do a house to house visitation in targeted communities.
She urged mothers, parents and caregivers to sign up and bring all their children between the ages of 0 – 12 for the pending exercise.
Mrs. Flomo used the occasion to remind mothers and others that polio is a crippling disease that hurts children. The immunization exercise will run from October 23 – 26.