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Ministry of Health to Conduct House-to-house Polio Vaccination

The Ministry of health is set to conduct a three day house to house polio vaccination campaign in 73 high risk districts.

The campaign will take place from today 9th, 10th and 11th September 2017.

The selected high risk districts are: Adjumani, Agago, Alebtong, Amolatar, Amuru, Apac, Arua, Budaka, Bududa, Bugiri, Bukwo, Bulambuli, Buliisa, Bundibugyo, Busia, Butaleja, Buyende, Dokolo, Gulu, Hoima, Iganga, Isingiro, Jinja, Kaabong, Kabale, Kabarole, Kaliro, Kampala, Kamuli, Kamwenge, Kanungu, Kapchorwa, Kasese, Kibaale, Kibuku, Kiryandongo, Kisoro, Kitgum, Koboko, Kole and Kween.

Others are Kyegegwa, Kyenjojo, Lamwo, Lira, Luuka, Manafwa, Maracha, Masindi, Mayuge, Mbale, Moyo, Namayingo, Namatumba, Nebbi, Ntoroko, Ntungamo, Nwoya, Otuke, Oyam, Pader, Pallisa, Rakai, Rukungiri, Sironko, Tororo, Wakiso, Yumbe, Zombo, Kagadi, Kakumiro, Omoro and Rubanda.

The Ministry in a statement yesterday said the objective of the campaign is to vaccinate all children under five years of age whether previously immunized or not, with Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) drops in the mouth and achieve at least 95% coverage for vaccination in the selected districts.

Polio is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease caused by the Polio Virus and spreads from person to person.

It affects the nerves in the brain or spinal cord, causing paralysis of muscles that control swallowing and breathing, hence a child gets difficulty in breathing. The limbs and legs become paralyzed leading to permanent disability.

The mentioned districts were selected based on the low routine immunization uptake, sub optimal polio surveillance indicators and areas hosting refugees.

The campaign is also an opportunity to sensitize communities on Acute Flaccid Paralysis, surveillance at the same time identify and investigate any unreported suspected cases of polio.

During the house-to-house campaign, the vaccination team will comprising of one health worker, one Local Council (LC1) or VHT member who will move door to door to administer the Polio vaccine which is given by putting two drops in the child’s house.

Vaccination is one of the key strategies that the Government of Uganda is implementing in its roadmap to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goal three which underlines the need for good health and well-being.

Currently, the sector has made good progress in child immunization increasing from DPT3 coverage of 52% in 2012 to current coverage of 97%.

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