KCCA Clarifies on ‘Exorbitant’ Yellow Fever Vaccination Fee


Kampala Capital City Authority has come out to clarify on the vaccination fee for Yellow Fever which has been considered in some sections of the public to be hefty and unnecessary.

Following the outbreak of Yellow Fever in Uganda weeks ago, about it the KCCA Hall Clinic got accredited among the sites for issuing vaccines according to the International Health Regulations (2005).

The other 3 centers where vaccination (at a cost) is ongoing are; Norvic Hospital, nurse Kazuri Clinic at Entebbe Airport and The Surgey in Naguru.

World Health Organization (WHO) recommended that travelers leaving and entering Uganda possess yellow fever vaccine cards. This is part of efforts to curb the spread of the epidemic.

KCCA is charging Ugshs 100, buy more about 000 for each individual seeking to get vaccinated against the fever upon which they are given a clearance card.

However some individuals in the public say the vaccination should be free like several others. In a statement released on Monday, KCCA explained; “Yellow fever 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 Authority added; “We have beefed up the team to attend to the growing number of clients. The cost remains unchanged at UGX 100,000.”

“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,” the statement further read.

The Authority claims that the only time it has got yellow fever vaccines from NMS at no cost was in 2012; explained by “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 Ministry of Health declared a yellow fever outbreak in Masaka in April this year with over 7 people reported dead so far.

In a recent statement, the Ministry said free vaccination will commence in May for those above the age of 6 within districts of Masaka and Rukungiri where cases of yellow fever have been reported.


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