HRH Princess Lalla Meryem Chairs in Marrakech Kids' Vaccination Operation, Ceremony to Present Results of 30 Years of Action in Serving Children Vaccination Right
Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem, chairperson of the National Observatory for Children Rights (ONDE), chaired, Wednesday at Zerktouni health centre in Marrakech, the kids' vaccination operation and the ceremony to present the results of 30 years of action in serving children vaccination right.
At her arrival at the health center, HRH Princess Lalla Meryem reviewed a detachment of auxiliary forces that paid the honours and was greeted mainly by health minister Anas Doukkali, WHO representative in Morocco Meriem Bikadili and chairman of the Marrakech-Safi regional council.
HRH Princess Lalla Meryem was also greeted by health ministry delegate in Marrakech Lamia Chakiri, director general of Marrakech Mohammed VI university hospital centre Pr. Hicham Nejmi and ONDE members.
Afterwards, HRH Princess Lalla Meryem was given details by doctor Khalid Lahlou, director of population at the health ministry, on the results of 30 years of action under the national and regional immunization program and prospects by the health ministry in terms of children's vaccination.
Her Royal Highness was also given explanations by doctor Mohamed Benazzouz, official at the national immunization program, about the national vaccination schedule and program perspectives.
Data related to the region in terms of vaccination were presented to Her Royal Highness by health regional director Khalid Zenjari.
Afterwards, Her Royal Highness supervised the kids' vaccination operation by vaccinating a newborn against hepatitis B.
Her Royal Highness posed for two souvenir photos with the centre's executives, officials of the program at the central level and members of the scientific committee.
Thanks to the HM King Mohammed VI's solicitude and the involvement of HRH Princess Lalla Meryem's, chairperson of the National Observatory for Children Rights, Morocco is celebrating 30 years of implementing the national immunisation program under the slogan "30 years in serving children vaccination right".
Since the national immunisation program was institutionalised back in 1987, under the aegis of Her Royal Highness, huge progress was made in the health sector thanks to vaccines, mainly regarding poliomyelitis and diphtheria given that no cases were reported since 1987 and 1991, respectively.
In 2002, the Kingdom of Morocco was certified by WHO/EMRO for having eradicated neonatal tetanus according to the WHO definition, and meningitis cases were reduced by more than 85% since the introduction of the Haemophilus influenza type b vaccine in 2007.
Immunization also contributed to reducing infant and child mortality, which has decreased by 95% for tetanus, 84% for measles and 86% for whooping cough in children aged under a year.