Blantyre, 16 March, 2022 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) have, in a joint statement, endorsed the polio vaccination campaign and urged the people of God in the country to participate in the exercise that is scheduled for March 21.
In their Tuesday, March 15 statement obtained by ACI Africa, Catholic Bishops in Malawi made reference to the country’s February 17 declaration of a National Public Health Emergency in response to polio and assured the Catholic faithful and general public concerning the vaccine’s safety.
“We, the Catholic Bishops in Malawi, support the Mass Polio Vaccine Campaign set to start this month,” ECM members say, and add, “This vaccination campaign comes amidst the COVID-19 vaccination campaign.”
The Catholic Church leaders whose call comes after a case of polio was reported in the country’s Lilongwe Archdiocese say that the administration of polio vaccine to children below five years prevents the virus from spreading.
“We assure all Catholics and the general Malawi population of the importance and safety of the polio vaccine in preventing further spread of the polio virus as per the assurance of the Ministry of Health and our interaction with them,” ECM members say.