Gov’t to Conduct Free Meningitis Immunisation in 39 Districts

The Ministry of Health in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) is set to conduct a mass meningitis immunization in 39 high risk districts across Uganda.

According to a statement from the Ministry, ambulance the immunization process which is meant to prevent any outbreak will commence on January 19th and run up to January 23rd.

Uganda is one of the countries with highest rates of the meningitis A disease and also one of the 26 countries that lie within the extended meningitis belt of Sub-Saharan Africa, stretching from Senegal in the West to Ethiopia in the East.

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Menigitis A is a bacterial infection that affects mainly people aged between 1 to 30 years. Though treatable, the disease can best be prevented through immunisation.

In Uganda, the most susceptible regions include West Nile, parts of Bunyoro, Acholi and Lango regions, Teso.

The areas in which the immunisation exercise will be carried out include; Arua, Zombo, Koboko, Adjumani, Nebbi, Maracha, Moyo, Yumbe, Gulu, Amuru, Kitgum, Lamwo, Nwoya, Pader, Agago, Omoro, Dokolo, Lira, Alebtong, Kole, Otuke, Amolatar, Apac, Oyam, Hoima, Masindi, Buliisa, Kiryadongo, Amuria, Kaberamaido, Katakwi, Soroti, Abim, Amudat, Kaabong, Kotido, Moroto, Nakapiripiriti, and Napak.

The campaign will officially be launched in Omoro District at Lalogi Grounds on Tuesday 17th January, with the Minister of Health expected to be the Chief Guest.

According to the statement, health officials have already been deployed in the specified areas to make sure the process goes as planned.

“The Ministry of Health and partners have deployed Medical personnel across the affected districts to oversee the success of the immunisation exercise,” read part of the statement.

“All persons and care givers are advised to go to the nearest health centres and other outreach immunisation posts in their districts for the the free vaccine. The vaccine is safe, effective and has been approved by the World Health Organisation. The vaccine will be administered by a trained health worker using a single injection on the upper arm.”


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