BY JAIROS SAUNYAMA
The Mugodhi Apostolic Faith Church (MAFC) has taken the initiative to encourage its members across the country to take measles vaccination seriously to avoid loss of life.
Speaking at the church’s annual 10-day gathering in Dorowa yesterday, Murambinda, MAFC spokesman Mike Mukarati said members of the cult were allowed to have their children vaccinated.
“We urge the apostolic sect to accept the measles vaccination program. We support the government’s childhood measles vaccination program. We value our health so we need to make sure we get the necessary medicine and treatment,” Mukarati said.
Measles has claimed hundreds of lives, with Manicaland province topping the list.
According to the government, the persons concerned mainly belong to apostolic sects whose ecclesiastical doctrine prohibits them from accessing modern medical services.
Buhera is also one of the districts in Manicaland which has recorded the highest number of measles victims.
MAFC spoke to young women about how to avoid child marriage.
“This gathering is for young people and we are here to empower them to learn life skills. We say no to child marriages and this platform aims to discourage them from rushing into marriages,” Mukarakati added.
The event was attended by Buhera North Legislator William Mutomba, Chief Chitsunge and several Zanu PF politicians from the district.
Mutomba hailed the church for its leadership in the fight against measles, among other killer diseases.
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