Second Vaccination Open House held on Saturday, June 10, was another success, attracting 126 clients.
109 fell under the school vaccination program and 17 under the baby wellness clinic. 6/19/2017
The Collective Prevention Services (CPS)
15 clients attended the Oral Health presentation for the age-group 4-15 and 19 (9-12 age group) the Puberty and Reproductive presentation.
CPS, a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, held its Open House under the banner of the Vaccination Week of the Americas 2017.
Therefore, CPS invited 4th and 5th graders of all primary schools to participate in a Draw & Write Short Essay Contest. The theme of the contest was, “Why Vaccinations are Important.”
Winner of the essay contest was Mahika Ramchandani, of the St. Dominic School; 1st Runner up Andel Henry, Asha Steven Hillside Christian School; 2nd Runner up Tianna Mathew, Sister Magda Primary School.
Three complimentary prizes were given out to Anikia Gumbs, Sister Magda Primary School; Ravi Austin, Sister Magda Primary School; and Oyeiye Nwoke, St. Peters Hillside Christian School.
The goal of the essay was for students to gain an understanding why vaccinations are so important and what can happen to persons who are not vaccinated within the Sint Maarten community.
In total 241 clients attended the two Open House Vaccination events, and CPS is very pleased that parents and guardians took the opportunity to check their child’s vaccination status by attending one of the two open house activities.
During the first Open House, 115 young individuals visited the event with their parents/guardians; 15 were between the age 0-3; and 100 were between 4-17 years old.
The Open House events were held at the Vineyard Office Park in Philipsburg from 9.00am to 4.00pm for children between 0-17 years old.
Vaccines help your immune system fight more than 20 dangerous diseases. From the time we’re born, vaccines offer protection to help individuals stay healthy throughout their entire lives.
CPS would like to thank its sponsors and stakeholders, Social & Health Insurance SZV, for providing reusable water bottles; Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise, provided school supplies as prizes for the essay participants under their theme maternal and child health; Debbie Zwanikken, who contributed her time to give the presentation on Puberty and Reproductive Health.More
ESSAY by Mahika Ramchandani:
GET DROPS WISE TO CELEBRATE LIFE
Last year I went to India for vacation and I was playing with my friends but there was one boy, named Kapil, was just sitting and clapping. He had polio and his legs were weak. He could not walk or play like the rest of us. That made me very sad and upset at his parents because if Kapil had his vaccines on time, he would also be playing and running like all of us.
As we know that there are several diseases like polio, small pox, tuberculosis, hepatitis and measles that are caused by bacteria and are very harmful to kids. Some of these diseases can leave a child impaired for life. But the prevention is also easily available by vaccines given till he is 4 years. The vaccination means giving oral medication or injecting medicine to a child so that his body learns to fight those infections when the child gets same infection again later in life.
The important vaccinations given are for polio, MMR, BCG, hepatitis and some more that is protection from almost all diseases that can affect in early childhood. The vaccinations are given free and the government agencies facilitate vaccination for everyone so that every child, rich and poor, gets all vaccinations on time. The world organizations like United Nations, Red Cross, Rotary Club and several other agencies reach to far remote villages making vaccines administration available to all.
We have eradicated small pox from the world and polio has been controlled. Soon we will fight away other diseases also and make the children healthy and happy. But the parents have to be educated and motivated to have their children vaccinated. So I appeal to all the parents “# Get Vax to celebrate a healthy tomorrow!”