Muslim Women’s Campaign Boosts COVID-19 Vaccination In Gabon

The Association of Working Muslim Women of Gabon has been contributing to vaccination campaigns in the country.

Following the official launching of a national COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Gabon in April this year, the Association of Working Muslim Women of Gabon launched its own campaign in May targeting the Muslim community in the country.

The women’s campaign is yielding encouraging results as it has impacted about 400 additional persons, over 350 of whom have already volunteered to have themselves vaccinated within the third sub division of Libreville, the national capital.

After the first phase of the campaign which saw the vaccination of tens of women in the Owendo University Teaching Hospital Centre last June, the second phase has already seen the vaccination of 370 more Muslim women who were impacted by the sensitisation campaign headed by Aicha Koumba Koumba, the president of the Association of Working Muslim Women of Gabon.

The vaccination of the Muslim community was first launched in the Batavea mosque in Libreville but was later expanded to include a mobile vaccination unit based on the strategy of the third National Vaccination Plan, whose fourth plan prescribed an intensification of operations by the putting in place mobile units in worship places, administration offices, and local councils with the cooperation of different communities.

Professor Marielle Bouyou-Akotet, the president of the National Committee for Vaccination Against COVID-19, who accompanied a mobile vaccination team to the Batavea mosque on the third lap declared that he was convinced this action by the Muslim women would permit his committee to attain the projected vaccination of 50 per cent of the population.

The said mobile unit has already vaccinated 730 persons since the beginning of mobile vaccination operations on June 12, 2021, according to the Minister of Public Health.

The Gabonese National Committee for Vaccination Against COVID-19 revealed that the total vaccination coverage currently stands at 3.18 per cent  of persons having taken the complete doses and 4.94 per cent of people who have taken one dose.

Among the persons so far vaccinated were 40,131 including 3,812 men above 60 years, 3,311 who are hypertensive and 1,140 suffering from diabetes.

Figures for women have not been made public.

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