#COVID19: Gabon To Take Vaccination Caravan To Worship Centres

There are concerns in Gabon as only 5 per cent of the population have received both jabs of the vaccines.

The Gabonese Government has decided to take the country’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign further by reaching out to worship places in the country.

The decision was arrived at during an emergency meeting between the country’s Minister of Health, Dr Guy Patrick Ondong and the Technical Coordination of the Pilot Committee of the Supervisory Plan (COPIL) of the fight against COVID-19 as well as the National Vaccination Committee on Tuesday, Sept. 21 in Libreville the capital.

The meeting was called to deliberate on ways of adapting the report against the COVID-19 to the arrival of the Delta variant in the country with the implication of religious leaders.

It was also aimed at putting in place a strategy of reinforcing the counter measures on the plans for the epidemiological surveillance, diagnosis, vaccination, and the communication models to be used in sensitisation.

As concerns the communication and sensitisation, “a particular accent would be put on communal engagement with the implication of the entire ensemble of the living forces of the nation, notably leaders of the different religious confessions and civil society actors.”

To ensure efficacy within the context of the epidemiological surveillance, the COPIL identified the putting in place of an alert system in schools, worship places, administrative offices, supermarkets, public places and reinforcing surveillance at different ports of entry into the country.

The technical coordination recommended the revision of the testing strategy to integrate the rapid diagnostic test at the level of the testing site in the Libreville airport, the intensification of testing in schools and the elaboration of a new algorithm.

The president of the National Vaccination Committee announced “the imminent resumption of itinerant vaccination caravans on the important streets of Libreville the capital.”

The national COVID-19 campaign was launched in Libreville on Aug. 17 this year as part of the intensification of the vaccination effort in the country which has seen only 5 per cent of the national population taking the complete two doses of the vaccines.

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