MINISTER ACENG, PS ATWINE IN KASESE, NTOROKO FOR CHOLERA VACCINATION CAMPAIGN
Video: MoH MESSAGE ON CHILDREN & MATERNAL HEALTH
By Joel Mugabi
The Ministry of Health top leadership headed by Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng and her Permanent Secretary Dr Diana Atwine have today launched the oral cholera vaccination campaign in the districts of Kasese and Ntoroko.
Hundreds of thousands of people in at least six districts of Uganda will be immunized against cholera in the current phase of vaccination, according to Minister Aceng. The districts being considered in the third phase are Ntoroko, Busia, Namayingo, Kasese, Obongi and Madi Okollo.
All people aged one and above in these hotspot districts are eligible for vaccination which began on August 29 and will end on September 12, 2021.
Administered in two doses, the oral cholera vaccination drive is being undertaken with support from the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance.
“Today, I was privileged to join the leadership of Kasese District to launch the campaign for all individuals aged one year and above,” said Minister Aceng. “We appreciate the partners for their support to end Cholera in Uganda.”
For Kasese, the vaccination exercise is particularly vital in prevention of cholera since the district is prone to floods. At least 350,000 people in 16 sub-counties are expected to be immunized.
PS Dr Atwine, who participated in the Ntoroko District vaccination campaign, said the Ministry of Health and partners such as WHO and GAVI are committed to ending cholera in prone districts like those hosting refugees. Dr Atwine and other MoH officials also assessed the status of health facilities in the district.
Caused by bacteria and spread through eating food contaminated by an infected person, cholera is an infection that affects the intestines, prompting watery diarrhea and vomiting, which are some of the symptoms. Vomiting and diarrhea in turn bring about dehydration and severe cases of greyish-bluish skin.(For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at email@example.com).