Netcare assists with measles and polio vaccination campaign
Selected Netcare Stork’s Nest clinics will be administering vaccinations against polio and measles free-of-charge to pre-school children in support of the Department of Health’s (DOH) drive to eradicate these potentially dangerous childhood diseases.
Managing director of the Netcare Hospital Division, Jacques du Plessis, says that the Gauteng DOH requested the support of private healthcare providers such as Netcare to help ensure that as many children as possible in the province are immunised against polio and measles. “Netcare views this as a critical initiative to protect South Africans from these illnesses,” he continues. “We therefore did not hesitate to once again offer the services of selected Netcare Stork’s Nest clinics to assist with the campaign.”
Sharlene Swart, national Stork’s Nest operations manager, explains that the more people who are immunised against infectious diseases such as polio and measles, the less likely these diseases are to spread from person-to-person within the community. In this way families and communities can be protected from the two illnesses.