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‘VACCINATE FOR LIFE’ CAMPAIGN AGAINST PNEUMONIA AND PNEUMOCOCCAL DISEASE

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Posted: November 14, 2019 at 5:16 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

GSK launches awareness campaign in conjunction with World Pneumonia Day 2019

 

In conjunction with World Pneumonia Day on 12 November, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical Sdn. Bhd. (GSK Malaysia) launched its ‘Vaccinate for Life’ campaign in Malaysia to raise awareness and to educate the public on the importance of vaccinations on preventable diseases. As a science-led global company with a purpose backed by a long standing legacy in Malaysia for the past 60 years, GSK aims to highlight the importance of vaccination throughout life through this campaign.

 

Pneumonia is one of the most common vaccine preventable diseases. GSK’s ‘Vaccinate for Life’ campaign demonstrates how vaccines in action can help protect the lives of children aged five and below. At the launch of the awareness campaign was Dato’ Dr. Musa Mohd Nordin, Consultant Paediatrician & Neonatologist, and Dr. Yong Junina Fadzil, Consultant Paediatrician & Paediatric Cardiologist.  Also present from GSK Malaysia were the General Manager, Dr. Lien Pham, the Communications & Government Affairs Director, David Lin and the Vaccine Medical Director, Dr. Ashwini Saha.

 

Emphasising the importance of vaccination, Dr. Musa said “As we age, our immune system does too. This makes us vulnerable to life-threatening diseases. By strengthening our immune system with vaccination through scheduled administration of vaccines, we can certainly protect ourselves and those closest to us and eventually help save lives. The vaccinations we receive as children can certainly protect us from life-threatening or debilitating diseases and lays the foundation for a stronger immunity later in life.”

 

Dr. Yong Junina Fadzil added, “There is a huge misconception about vaccinations and its implications on a child’s health. On-going education, collaborations with healthcare professionals as well as affirmative action by policymakers can change people’s mindsets. The Government’s move to include the pneumococcal vaccine into the NIP is indeed laudable and it exemplifies the importance of getting children vaccinated against this infectious disease. Just like regular exercise and a healthy diet, diligently keeping to a scheduled vaccination programme is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Ensuring the health of our children will ensure the health of our nation.”

 

David Lin shared, “We truly support the Ministry of Health’s call for children to be vaccinated against pneumococcal disease. We certainly welcome the much-awaited news on the inclusion of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) into the National Immunisation Programme (NIP).” He further explained, “GSK’s Vaccinate for Life campaign extends beyond just a call for vaccination against pneumonia and IPD. Vaccination doesn’t stop at childhood as it helps give children a healthy start in life. It is not something you outgrow as vaccination is needed throughout one’s life to protect against preventable diseases and to prevent diseases from spreading in the community,

 

“Next to clean drinking water, vaccination is the most powerful public health policy in preventing infectious diseases. We at GSK, believe that every child deserves access to vaccination. Through vaccination it has been demonstrated that diseases such as small pox can be eradicated. With improving healthcare policies and access we will continue to see the elimination of mortality and morbidity due to infectious diseases,” said Dr. Ashwini Saha.

 

On the issues of accessibility on vaccination for those in the interiors of Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak, and also the stateless people and refugees, Dr Musa voiced out passionately what has been done.

“There are about 150,000 refugees in this country. The bulk of them are in the Klang Valley, a large group in the north and another large group in the south in Johor.  We’re going to have  One-stop centres, two in the Klang Valley, one in Johor managed by these young doctors of mine and one in Kedah, to provide them with the medical services that they cannot afford and we’re going to make sure that their kids are immunised,” Dr. Musa concluded.

 

The public is encouraged to consult your healthcare professional on vaccination against pneumonia and pneumococal disease today.

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