WINDHOEK-- Namibia's Ministry of Health and Social Services has reminded parents and guardians to take their children who missed their routine immunization to be vaccinated at health facilities.

The call, which targets children aged below five years, is as part of the Namibian commemoration of African Vaccination Week (AVW) from June 4 to 8. Deputy Health Minister Juliet Kavetuna said here Monday the AVW is being commemorated under the theme, "Vaccine works, do your part".

She also called on females aged 15 to 45 who missed their tetanus shots to visit their nearest health facilities for vaccination.

"The commemoration is to ensure that those who missed out on routine vaccination and those due are given an opportunity in order to attain and sustain high immunisation coverage," said Kavetuna, who added that children should be accompanied by their health passports to help identify the missed vaccinations.

The World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative, Dr Charles Moses, said the commemoration aimed to keep immunization high on national and regional agendas through advocacy and partnerships.

"Immunization is widely recognized as one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions as it prevents an estimated 800,000 deaths in Africa," he noted.

He said diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), measles, pneumococcus and diarrhoea resulting from rotavirus can be prevented if children are vaccinated as intended.