Iraq Celebrates its First National Vaccination Week

Kirkuk, 04 May 2010 – With renewed commitment to implement a robust vaccination programme and to provide every mother and child in Iraq with vital vaccinations, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Iraq in collaboration with the Health Directorate in Kirkuk recently held a two-day workshop to kick-start the vaccination programme in the governorate.


Commencing the workshop by observing one minute of silence to honour the souls of victims to disease, participants presented a letter of intent to the Minister of Health who emphasised the need for community health workers to follow correct procedures and instructions when administering vaccinations. Also in attendance at the workshop was the Governor of Kirkuk, Mr. Abdul Rahman Mostafa, who stated that “the role of the health directorate is very important for it relates to the health of the community”.


Governor Mostafa, while stressing the need to televise health programmes, added that the aim of the local administration was to fully support the health sector, and that the importance of holding such workshops was to create health awareness and a sense of knowledge among the citizens of Kirkuk. Also in attendance were the national Manager for the Expanded
Programme of Immunization (EPI), Health Promotion Manager from Baghdad, and the World Health Organization’s EPI Manager in Kirkuk who recommended similar workshops for all governorates. The Director General of Health in Kirkuk, Dr. Sideeq Omar, said that the Directorate would mobilise special teams in Daquq district to conduct campaigns on the vital importance of being vaccinated to prevent the spread of disease.


In his address to participants of the two-day workshop, UNICEF Iraq’s Health and Nutrition Specialist, Dr. Taha Al-Mulla, informed that UNICEF Iraq works with the Ministry of Health to achieve the goals of its robust vaccination programme while also supporting communities in the delivery and implementation of child, health, feeding, water and education initiatives.
In conclusion, Dr. Al-Mulla described the two-day event as “energetic and


For more information, please contact Ban Dhayi ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Waseem Wastin ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) in Kirkuk.

Last modified on Tuesday, 04 May 2010 03:00

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