KAMPALA – Ministry of Health has said that 18,770,706 children (105.2%) have been vaccinated against Measles and Rubella while 7,329,635 million (86.2%) children were vaccinated against Polio in the just concluded National Measles-Rubella (MR) and Polio immunisation campaign.
During a presser on Thursday 24, the Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng encouraged all guardians and parents whose children have not been immunised to visit the health facilities within their respective districts to enable their children access the MR and Polio vaccines.
“In Kampala, the following vaccination posts have been designated to offer MR and Polio vaccination; Kawempe Hospital, Child Health in Mulago NRH and KCCA clinic,” said Hon Aceng.
The ministry also asked all schools that did not carry out the mass immunisation exercise to liaise with the District Health Officers (DHOs) to vaccinate school children within the next two weeks at the health facilities.
Aceng also extended the appreciation of the government of Uganda to GAVI, the World Health Organisation (WHO), CHAI, UNICEF, Lions Club, Uganda Medical Association (UMA) and Uganda Pediatric Association (UPA) and technical, Political administrative, civic leaders, health workers, teachers and educationists at national and district level and recognise the tireless efforts, unity and solidarity exhibited by all that participated in this exercise and ensured that no child was left behind during this campaign.
On October 20, MoH extended the immunization campaign in the entire country following the increased demand for the Measles-Rubella and Polio vaccines and the high turn up of clients.
The ministry said that the extension was prompted by the fact that a number of schools in Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono were not reached during this campaign.