Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has explained why it is charging Shs100,000 for Yellow Fever vaccines to the public.
KCCA is said to have got 3000 does of the vaccine from National Medical Stores (NMS) which was reportedly supposed to be handed out for free.
Moses Kamabare, the General Manager for NMS told Uganda Radio Network that the vaccine given out by government was supposed to be handed out for free and not sold as KCCA is doing.
In a statement on Monday morning, KCCA said City Hall Clinic is one of the accredited sites for issuing vaccines according to the International Health Regulations (2005).
As per these regulations, persons especially international travellers may have to be vaccinated against certain diseases among them being yellow fever.
When the Ministry of health declared a yellow fever outbreak in Masaka in April 2016, most of the international travellers from Uganda needed to be vaccinated against yellow fever.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs issued a travel advisory to that effect.
Yellow vaccine is not one of the vaccines on the essential list of vaccines like BCG, PCV, DPT that are given out at no cost to Public health facilities. KCCA purchases it’s yellow fever vaccines from a private accredited supplier.
“The Supply of vaccines from the National Medical Stores that were received on the 27th April 2016 were paid for from the KCCA health facility allocation,” KCCA explained.
“The only time KCCA has got yellow fever vaccines from NMS at no cost was in 2012 because there was a balance of vaccines from the mass yellow fever vaccination done in northern Uganda. This stock of yellow fever vaccine was supplied to the public in January 2012 at no cost.”
The authority said it has beefed up the team to attend to the growing number of clients.
“The cost remains unchanged at Shs100,000.”
According to URN, KCCA is set to mint Shs300m from the sale of the vaccines that were already paid for by the government.