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Children Under the Age of Five in Uganda set to benefit from the Nationwide House-to-House Polio Immunization Campaign

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Children Under the Age of Five in Uganda set to benefit from the Nationwide House-to-House Polio Immunization Campaign

The Ugandan government adopted vaccination as one of its most effective public health measures and has continued to do so to date.

KAMPALA, Uganda, January 15, 2022/APO Group/ —

Ms. Teopista is the mother of two young boys and one girl, all eligible for the oral polio vaccine (OPD). For her, the launch of the National House-to-House Polio Vaccination Campaign could not have come at a better time.

“When we were children, there were not many vaccines to prevent diseases and many children got sick and died, so I cannot pass up the opportunity to give my children a healthy life through vaccination,” he said. enthusiastic

On January 13, 2022, the Ugandan Ministry of Health launched the vaccination campaign under the banner Keep Uganda Polio Free. The launch took place at the Wakiso Health Center IV and was presided over by the State Minister of Health in charge of general duties, the Honorable Hanifah Kawooya. The House to House immunization campaign against Poliomyelitis is aimed at all children under five years of age, in all districts, and they will receive the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV).

The first round of the vaccination campaign will be carried out for three days, from January 14 to 16, 2022. It will be implemented by health workers, village health teams and Local Council I, who will administer two drops of OPV in the mouth of each child. under five years old.

Launching the campaign, Hon Hanifah noted that vaccination remains the most effective public health measure to deal with disease. “The Ugandan government has embraced vaccination as one of its most effective public health measures and has continued to do so to date. We have been dealing with COVID-19, but we had vaccine-derived poliomyelitis type 2 (cVDPV2) from an environmental sample, hence the prevention effort through the national vaccination campaign,” he said.

In addition, he praised the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children‘s Fund (UNICEF), the Center for Disease Control, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary International and other partners for supporting the Ministry of Health to ensure that the vaccination campaign is carried out.

The WHO Representative in Uganda, Dr. Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, commended the Ministry for vaccinating against COVID-19, polio and all other vaccine-preventable diseases, noting that “diseases affect productivity and cripple economies, but can be addressed with effective public health measures, such as vaccination. ”

Regarding disease surveillance, he said, “as part of the Polio Global Endgame strategy, the Ministry of Health, in close collaboration with stakeholders, including the WHO, has enhanced surveillance of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) , interrupting the transmission.

Dr. Yonas also emphasized that to effectively treat vaccine-preventable diseases, it is important that all persons eligible for vaccination ensure they are vaccinated, especially through government routine immunization programs.

The UNICEF Representative in Uganda applauded the Ugandan government for being proactive and implored community members to make use of the government’s immunization programmes, including vaccination against COVID-19, because they are the key to ensuring that all lives are protected.

In fact, Ms. Teopista agrees and further mentions that in addition to ensuring that all of her children benefit from the government’s vaccination programs, she will gather her neighbors and fellow mothers in the market to accept these services.

“We normally have group meetings in the evenings and on weekends. I am going to implore my fellow mothers to allow their children to be vaccinated because it will be our children who take care of us when we are older”, she assures.

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