The Residence District Commissioner Mayuge district James Shiraku has warned people that plan to disrupt the Measles-Rubella, polio Immunisation to be mindful because they will be arrested and charged in courts of law.
The Measles-Rubella, Polio national Immunization campaign, organised by Ministry of Health in partnership with World Health Organization kicked off today Wednesday 16th of October in over 16,000 schools around the country and will go on up Sunday 20th October
Speaking at the official launch yesterday in Mayuge district that was presided over by the Health Minister, Jane Ruth Aceng and the WHO representative in Uganda, Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, the RDC Mr Shiraku said he was aware of some religious and cultural leaders that were preaching against the campaign and warned that those will be dealt with if caught.
“The constitution of Uganda, through the Immunization Act of 2017 makes it mandatory for every child to be immunised; refusing or discouraging others from taking their children for Immunization will earn you imprisonment or a heavy fine,” he said
The RDC further ordered all schools in the districts to ensure that all children attend school in these three days regardless of whether they have paid school fees or not.
“We ask you not to send away any child from the school from Wednesday to Friday. Any school caught doing otherwise will be punished as well, ” he added
The chairman LCI Igamba a zone urged all parents in Busoga region to fully participate in the campaign and protect the region against poor health.
“It would be shameful if the campaign is launched in our area and some of our children are not immunised. I urge all parents, health workers, schools to fully support this campaign so that Mayuge achieves 100% coverage.
Uganda has recently experienced continuous measles and Rubella outbreaks. According to Ministry of Health, over 109 districts reported measles outbreaks since 2016 while 65 districts reported Rubella outbreaks in the same year
The WHO representative in Uganda, Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, said the Immunisation vaccines have been verified and found to be safe and effective and will protect the children against these killer diseases
“The children of this country will determine the social economic development of Uganda in future. Having health and strong children will not only save the country from spending hugely on healthcare services but also ensure that Uganda has strong able citizens in future, ” he said
The Immunisation exercise, targeting over 18m children between 9months and 15 years will take three days, up to Friday, in schools and 2 days in community so that the children that don’t go to school are immunized.