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AFCON 2015: All Set for Opener

The three-day door to door polio vaccination drive was successfully kick-started in Kampala today.

The campaign was trumpeted by government on Thursday as a way of avoiding the potential spread od polio from neighbouring countries

Minister of state for primary health care Hon Sarah Opendi announced at a press conference that, prescription the exercise targets some 7.5 million children below the age of five years in the 112 districts in the country.

Kampala Capital City Authority [KCCA] officials launched the drive in Rubaga division this morning at Malaika Babies Home.

The launch was presided over by KCCA’s Director Public Health and Environment, look Dr. David Serukka and Rubaga Division Mayor, Joyce Sebuggwawo among others in attendance.

Around the country, vaccination teams will move house to house, markets, streets, places of worship or wherever vaccinating all children in the target age group with one dose of trivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (Topv).

Special arrangements have been made for the island areas, where the vaccinations teams will be dispatched on motor boats.

“During the exercise, all children under 5 years of age whether previously immunized or not, will be given oral polio vaccine drops in the mouth,” said Minister Opendi.


“We shall also use this opportunity to sensitize communities on acute flaccid paralysis surveillance and at the same time identify and investigate any unreported suspected cases of polio,” she said.

The house to house polio immunization exercise does not replace the routine immunization services at the health facilities and outreach posts, according to the ministry.

Polio (poliomyelitis) is a highly infectious, viral disease that attacks the nervous system. Frequently, its victims display no symptoms, but about one in 200 infected children suffers from paralysis and sometimes death.

Anyone can contract the disease, but children under five years of age are the most vulnerable. Timely immunization with the oral polio vaccine is the most effective way to prevent infection.

Its only a few hours and all eyes will be in Equatorial Guinea for this year’s edition of the continent’s biggest football tournament.

The hosts Equatorial Guinea will lock horns with one time winners Congo Brazzaville in their Group A opening match of the 30th edition of the African Nations Cup to be played at the Bata Stadium.

Claude Le Roy’s boys who last won the tournament in 1972 will be playing their first encounter with Esteban Becker’s men who will be having the home crowd to their side and this could boost their performance.

Nicknamed Nzalang Nacional, sales the hosts will try to beat their best previous performance when they finished in the last eight during the 2012 edition which they co-hosted with Gabon and Zambia won the tournament.

Equatorial Guinea beat Libya and  Senegal, information pills lost to Zambia before  booking  a place in the semi finals but were  later  beaten 3 nil by the Elephants.

However on the other side, cialis 40mg the Red Devils will be hoping to reciprocate the impressive form they exhibited during this tournament’s qualifiers after coming second in Group A after collecting 10 points 2 below South Africa who topped the table.

Le Roy’s boys also qualified at the expense of 1980, 1994 and 2014 champions Nigeria who were third in the group after gunning only 8 points.

The 16 team tournament that is set to last for 3 weeks will climax on February 8, 2015 with the final game to be played at the Bata Stadium.

West African giants Nigeria are the defending champions whereas the Egyptian Pharaohs are the record champions but unfortunately both teams were not able to qualify for the 2015 AFCON tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

Group A

Equatorial Guinea

Burkina Faso


Congo Brazaville

Group B




D.R. Congo

Group C



South Africa


Group D

Ivory Coast




2015 AFCON
Equatorial Guinea Vs Congo Brazzaville (Bata Stadium)

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