Bahrain: The Kingdom of Bahrain celebrates World Immunisation Week. The day was celebrated under the theme “The Big Catch-Up”, according to the update shared by the Ministry of Health of Bahrain. The week will be observed from April 24 to 29, 2023.
The Kingdom of Bahrain participates in the celebration of World Immunisation Week in the last week of April every year, which aims to raise the level of awareness of the importance of vaccinations and their role in securing the necessary protection against many diseases. The occasion also provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of vaccination and its role in ensuring protection for all members of the community.
As per the update by the Ministry, with the support and guidance of wise leadership, the Kingdom of Bahrain has achieved leading and competitive achievements in immunisation prevention and coverage, providing all high-safe and effective vaccinations that follow the latest updates, global standards and scientifically proven standards to maintain health and safety of everyone, vaccinations are one of the essential and most successful preventive health interventions in Maintaining public health and preventing many diseases that can be avoided with vaccination.
Furthermore, Bahrain’s extended immunisation programme is a core support of public health and primary healthcare, with recommended vaccines being provided from birth through routine childhood vaccinations, and immunisation services are extended to cover different age groups, including school students, reproductive-age women, elderly, and most at risk of disease, and workers and travellers to different travel destinations.
According to the World Health Organisation, the week is celebrated to highlight the collective actions to protect people from vaccine-preventable diseases. WHO further emphasised that this year has come with many major opportunities to catch up on lost progress in essential immunisation.
It further mentioned that the world should stand up together to reach the children who are not able to receive vaccines. “We must collectively put efforts to reach millions of children who missed out on vaccine and should restore essential immunisation coverage to at least 2019 levels,” the World Health Organisation mentioned on its official website.
According to the international health organisation, strengthening primary health care to deliver immunisation and build lasting protection in communities and countries are also some of the major goals which must be addressed during World Immunisation Week.