Countrywide Immunization: Over 17 Million Children to benefit

The State Minister for Primary Health Care, Dr Moriku Joyce Kaducu has indicated that the government has earmarked another countrywide immunization exercise to permit those that missed out due to the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic in March.

The exercise is to done under the Integrated Child Health Days (ICHD) whose primary purpose is to consolidate the resolve of government to minimize preventable morbidity, mortality and disability due to diarrhea, pneumonia, measles, tetanus, tuberculosis, infections of the throat and chest.

Minister Kaducu on Tuesday informed journalists that the government is set to vaccinate over 17 million children, among others, that missed out due the lockdown across the nation owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Integrated Child Health Activities October 2020 follows two disruptions in October 2019 due to Measles-Rubella campaign and April 2020 due to COVID 19 lockdown. As a consequence, there is a backlog of; 1.2M children aged 10 and 11 years who need vaccination against cancer of the cervix [and] 17.3M children below 15 years who need deworming to prevent blood loss to worms,” Dr Kaducu said.

The ministry will also screen and immunize a minimum of 12 million adults mainly trapped in the areas of South-western and central region.

“An estimated 12 million people aged 19 years and above in Kigezi, Ankole, Toro, Bunyoro and Buganda regions in need of Hepatitis B screening and vaccination for prevention of Liver Cirrhosis and Cancer of the liver,” Dr Kaducu said.

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