Ministry Of Health Launches Third Vaccination Week

thumb geneva;”>The initiative which is led and coordinated by the World Health Organization regional office for Africa will run from April 22 – 28, site 2013 at Hotel Africana.

State Minister for Primary Health Care, Hon. Sarah Opendi noted that the purpose of this initiative is to increase awareness on the life saving value of immunization.

“We seek to increase vaccination coverage and reach the underserved and marginalized communities,”

added Opendi. She said this as she addressed journalists at Media Centre in Kampala.

She further noted that 86 percent of the unimmunized children in Africa are only in 10 countries of which Uganda is among. Uganda is ranked to be having the highest number of unimmunized children in Eastern and Southern Africa.


“The number of unimmunized children in Uganda in 2011 was at 118,881 and had increased to 153,616 by the end of 2012,” she further noted.

Opendi was however, optimistic that the resumption of the GAVI funds worth USD 21m would help the country move forward. “We plan to use the funding to construct a new state of the art vaccine store in Kampala to act as a national store for vaccines,” asserted Opendi.

She said the government would buy 10 motorized boats for districts on islands using the money from GAVI to help in transportation of health workers, patients and vaccines.

In his speech, Dr. Luis Bambo, the World Health Organization Regional Director for Africa applauded the African region for making progress in addressing vaccine preventable diseases.

“We have achieved an 89 percent reduction in measles between 2000 and 2010,” noted Sambo.

He therefore appealed to people to ensure that the immunization status of their children is up to date and to also understand and demand for immunization services from their health centres.

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