MBARARA– As the world marks the international polio day today (Wednesday), Rotary Club of Mbarara east carried out an immunization campaign and administered over 40 babies with polio vaccine at Kakoba Health center III in Mbarara town.
Anna Kanyago Rubarema the Polio officer in rotary club Mbarara east said Rotary International has been at the helm of ensuring that polio is completely kicked out of Uganda as they celebrate 30 years in service. She says that they deemed it fit by engaging the community by immunizing babies from Kakoba division.
“It’s now 30 years since rotary international joined the rest of the world in campaigns against Polio in Uganda and us as Rotary Club of Mbarara East we had to mobilize our members to raise funds and see how to extend our support to the mothers by immunizing their babies, we have managed to immunize over 40 babies” Kanyango revealed.
Rotarian Caroline Karungi noted that every 24th October was earmarked in the world to commemorate polio day. She says that apart from immunizing babies, they managed to donate items like brooms, squeezers, liquid soap, and baby weighing pants among others in a bid to boast the health center’s operations.
Prisca Natukunda in charge Kakoba health center III expressed her gratitude and appreciation to rotary members who spared their little resources to extend their charity help. She called upon mothers to ensure that their babies immunized to be able to kick Polio out of Uganda and the world as well.
“Polio cases in Uganda are very minimal but they are still rampant in countries like Nigeria, Afghanistan and these people cross into our country, so we still need to immunize our babies”