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NTUNGAMO DISTRICT LAUNCHES MASS POLIO VACCINATION

Hope Katusiime, the Acting DHO Ntungamo district

BY VAN DEGURAS

NTUNGAMO: THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2022

The campaign that will take three days is set to kick off on Friday January 14 to 16, 2022 apart from Ngoma and Rwentobo sub-counties where vaccination will be from Monday Jan 17 and Wednesday January 19.

Twesigye Nestelio, the District Health Educator said that Ntungamo District received 150,000 vaccines and that they are targeting to immunize 120,000 children under five years.

He cautioned parents in areas where there previously were some resistance like Nyakyera, kafunjo and Rukarango parish in villages like Kamoshe, Nyakeina and Rubingo where parents reportedly hid children from being vaccinated, warning that such acts will not be entertained.

Nestelio says Ntungamo District does not have Polio however there is a high risk of international transmission since Uganda is surrounded by three countries infected with Polio.

He called for immunization of all children under five years of age, whether previously vaccinated or not.

“All health workers involved in this campaign must wear personal protective equipment and avoid touching the children because we must observe the Standard Operating procedure against COVID-19,” said Nestelio.

The Ntungamo District acting Health officer, Hope Katusiime, encouraged the community not to believe in myths about polio vaccine, emphasizing that the vaccine is safe and fights the virus that causes crippling.

She declared that all the necessary items to be used during this exercise are already in place and that even children in boarding schools will also be vaccinated.

The launch was attended by religious leaders, cultural leaders and the media among others.

Dr Alfred Driwale, the Program Manager of the Uganda National Expanded Program on immunization told a media briefing that the number of un-immunized children has been piling over the years.

Dr Driwale said by moving door-to-door, health workers will be able to spot those children that were unable to make it to health facilities.

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