Free Yellow Fever Vaccination to Commence

Minister of Health  Dr Jane Ruth Aceng,

The Ministry of Health is set to conduct a free yellow fever vaccination in the districts of Rukungiri, order Masaka and Kalangala. This follows the confirmed outbreak of the disease in the named districts.

According to the Ministry’s Director General of Health Services Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the ministry has received yellow fever vaccines worth Shs 2.1 billion to kick start the exercise which is expected to run from Thursday May 19 to Saturday May 21.

“A total of 643,765 people aged six months and above will be vaccinated against the disease,” Dr. Aceng said adding that “the vaccine is only for residents of the three affected districts because they are in the most affected area.”

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Dr. Aceng noted that the national task force will be carrying out an epidemiological assessment to identify high risk districts surrounding the affected three and asked the general public to give priority to the affected districts and to avoid flocking there. She added that once the assessment is done, any other district found at risk would be considered.

The yellow fever outbreak was confirmed first in April in Buwunga sub county, Kasaka parish in the central district of Masaka.

Yellow Fever is a viral hemorrhagic disease caused by a virus and transmitted from human to human by a mosquito (Aedes) bite.

Those who contract the disease present signs of acute fever with at least abdominal pain, headache, jaundice, unexplained bleeding and failed response to malaria treatment.

The number of suspected yellow fever cases in the country currently stands at 49 with only seven confirmed to have the disease.

The ministry has since set up three centers offering treatment to the confirmed and suspected cases at Masaka Regional Referral hospital in Masaka, Kebisooni Health Centre IV in Rukungiri and Kalangala Health Centre IV in Kalangala district.

According to Dr Aceng, more health centers will be accredited by a team from the ministry that is already moving around to offer yellow fever vaccination, including those at the border posts.

“No traveller will be allowed into or out of the country without proof of vaccination,” she added.

The public was also advised to always sleep under insecticide treated mosquito nets and to report any suspected cases to the nearest health facility.


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