Minister of state for Heath Hon Sarah Opendi has Wednesday expressed worry that many Ugandans have not fully embraced immunization campaigns.
Recent ministry findings show that only 51.1 percent of children in Uganda finish their vaccination procedure, mind
“It’s unfortunate that even with the many campaigns, information pills the people continue to ignore them, important as they are for their lives,” she said.
While addressing the media at a breakfast meeting at Serena Hotel about the Africa Vaccination Week, Hon Opendi revealed that this year’s celebrations will be held in Mayunge district in eastern Uganda which has had too many epidemic outbreaks.
Immunization prevents illness, disability and death from vaccine preventable diseases including cervical cancer, diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rotavirus, rubella and tetanus.
According to Neren Rau, the Director External Affairs and Communications Merck & Co., Inc., (MSD) a US based vaccine research organization, Uganda was the first country in Africa to accept and immunize under aged girls against cervical cancer.
Research by the World Health Organization shows that immunization averts an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths every year. An additional 1.5 million deaths could be avoided only if global vaccination coverage improves.
The Regional technical advisor for vaccination and immunization Dr Phionah Atuhebwe revealed that Karamoja has the highest number of immunization coverage with the central having the lowest coverage.
“Globally vaccines have not only reduced the burden of infectious diseases but have also eradicated some killer diseases”