BEATNCDs, a local non profit organization advocating for the prioritization and inclusion of those with Chronic and Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) on the national health agenda has called on government and local authorities to make vaccines easily accessible for people with NCDs.
Speaking to HealthTimes, BeatNCDs Director Jacob Ngwenya said some people living with Chronic ailments were bedridden and therefore cannot travel to institutions offering vaccinations, hence the need for a customized vaccine distribution plan for that specific group of people.
People living with non communicable diseases (PLWNCDs) appreciate the current Covid19 vaccination rollout program. We are very grateful to the scientific approach that the Ministry of Health and Child Care has adopted to mitigate this devastating pandemic.
“People living with chronic conditions and those who are elderly have an already compromised immunity. This leaves them at a very much higher risk to contract Covid19 and even at a much higher risk of severe Covid disease and death. The vaccine rollout is a welcome move for us as it gives us some sense of security from the vaccines. Unfortunately there are people who are chronically ill, some are bedridden and while some are home bound,” said Mr Ngwenya.
He added that the fact that some are bedridden leaves the immobilized people at a greater risk of being left out in the vaccination process in the process increasing their chances of getting infected.
“This leaves the immobilized people in our ranks even at a higher risk of being left out of the targeted 60% head immunity in Zimbabwe. Home based chronically ill people are at a very high risk of becoming casualties of the pandemic due to a number of factors.
“As Beat Non-Communicable Diseases Zimbabwe (BeatNCDsZim), an organization for people living with NCDs we therefore appeal to the government through the Ministry of Health to enhance rollout the outreach program by reach in out to the this vulnerable group by administering the vaccine at their doorsteps after a verification exercise by the already existing health community structures.”