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Health ministry vaccinates against yellow fever in Masaka


Elioda Tumwesigye

Ministry of health has officially launched a mass yellow fever vaccination campaign in Masaka district two months after the outbreak.

The Minister for health Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye says the vaccination exercise is as a response to the yellow fever outbreak in the country.

It is to be rolled out in Masaka, Kalangala and Rukungiri districts where six people have succumbed to the fever.

The World Health Organisation confirmed the outbreak of yellow fever in the districts of Masaka, Kalangala and Rukungiri in March 2016.

This has since left Ministry of Health working around the clock to nip the outbreak in the bud.

A four-day campaign has been launched to vaccinate all persons above the age of six months against yellow fever.

Masaka District Health Officer Stuart Musisi says an overwhelming number of people have responded positively to the vaccination exercise leaving health workers tiresomely engaged.

According to the Masaka yellow fever assessment records three out of the five isolated patients lost their lives to yellow fever.

The other two are still undergoing treatment in isolation units.

Minister for health Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye says plans are underway to have yellow fever vaccine included in the routine vaccinations by financial year 2017/18.

The assessment by Ministry of health shows that yellow fever is transmitted from mosquitoes to humans.

Residents of Masaka have embraced and thanked the ministry for the initiative.

Over 3000 people are expected to be vaccinated in Masaka alone in the four days campaign.

A few weeks back many people who had not been vaccinated were denied entry and exit along the borders something which will now be history.

The free vaccination campaign in Masaka, Rukungiri and Kalangala ended on Sunday.

In Kampala all persons who want to be vaccinated against yellow fever pay Shs150,000 to the KCCA clinic.

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