Panic as Suspected Measles Out Break Hits Bushenyi

Immunisation programme

The Director for Presidential Initiative on Banana Industrial Development (PIBID), viagra dosage dosage Rev. Prof. Florence Isabirye Muranga has called upon public and private universities in the country to come out and exploit opportunities available at PIBID site in Nyaruzinga, abortion Bushenyi district.

Muranga said that activities taking place at the Banana factory   make a big basket for research and development studies when it comes to their application in higher institutions of learning.

She said this on Thursday while addressing University guild officials from Bishop Balham University, nurse kabale who had come for a study tour at the factory.

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“Being a knowledge based institution manned by university professors, PIBID is becoming a reality through10 years of its metamorphosis. These professors are still resourceful for institutions that come at PIBID for research.” Said Muranga

Muranga added that the Banana factory which is nearing completion needs a smart public private partnership of the government, universities, research and development institutions and international centers of excellence because it cannot work as a single entity and its failure would be a loss and embarrassment to Uganda.

She further said that a successful project will provide useful insights and some answers to the lingering questions about the multibillion shilling investment that have always been heard by the public.

“Once all the partners have come together, we shall work together and see PIBID take its place on the world stage as a pioneering industry in the banana sector.” Said Muranga

She noted that PIBID is being transformed to the Banana Industrial Research and Development Center which is going to tackle the unemployment challenge because apart from the Tooke flour production, there are other sectors in the industry like bakery and a confectionery unit which will also offer training and incubation opportunities.

She encouraged food science graduates to make use of the factory since they are being targeted in the hope that partnerships can be formed with them to establish small scale youth run food enterprises.

Muranga also urged all Ugandan universities and institutions to embrace this ‘national heritage’ that will benefit Uganda as a country in countless and unlimited ways saying that there is going to be job creation for both skilled and unskilled labor through ever expanding clusters under the banana value chain.

The banana factory will be producing Tooke Products which are based on original formulations through which the highland cooking bananas growing off rich volcanic soils are turned into shelf-stable flours according to Muranga.

“If some countries can feed the world with wheat, why can’t Uganda feed the world with Banana?” said Muranga.

Health experts in Bushenyi district have attributed the district’s poor performance in immunization to parents and guardians who don’t mind about completing their children’s immunization schedules.

The experts’ comments come following a suspected measles outbreak in Kasa village, drug in Ruhumuro sub-county last week where blood samples from 4 children and taken to Entebbe for confirmation.

Outbreak comes at a time when Bushenyi district was in October 2014 ranked among the worst performing districts in the routine immunization by the ministry of health through Uganda National Expanded Program on Immunization (UNEPI)

The figures got from Ministry of Health Annual Health Sector Performance report for the 2013-14 released in 0ctober indicate that Bushenyi district  immunization rate stands at 91.5%.

The performance is one of the worst in the country with the national average standing at 95%.

The report showed that districts of Bushenyi, Mitooma and Sheema have poor access and poor utilization of immunization services where by many children under one year do not go to health facilities and immunization points and even the few who try do not return to complete the remaining doses.

Dr. Edward Mwesigye, and the District Health Officer said the district has lagged behind because the target is 100% which should be the rightful figure meaning that all children under below 5 years have to be immunized.

“We have made this slight decline due to parents who have relaxed and forgotten that their children need to be immunized against the killer diseases. Chances that children below five years will die are high. Its not a huge problem but the results are not good and we might lose our young ones if parents are not serious about it,” Said Mwesigye

Mwesigye added that  the last measles outbreak was three years back in the sub counties of Kyabugimbi and  Bitooma which was certainly a worry but a vaccine was applied and cases of measles have not been heard anywhere since.

“People had generally relaxed for all this time. Here comes a threat again but I hope the results will be negative.” Mwesigye said.

Dr. Viola Natukunda, the In charge at Bushenyi Health Center iv in Bushenyi town said mothers are excited over immunization on the first visit (day of immunization) because they have a model family planning and they know children are well and this makes them sit home and forget about completing the routines.

“I think they need continuous sensitization and we are improving as a facility with guidelines from the stakeholders who make sure that we have clients in each department. However, we have some groups of people who don’t believe in Immunization. You find that they have myths and misconceptions that take them a stray and they end up missing the service. That’s where we need government’s hand in the struggle in order to get good and promising results.” Said Viola

The district health officer, Dr. Mwesigye said that the same relaxation among parents has not only affected the health of communities but has also caused other diseases most especially hygiene related ones since sanitation in homes is still poor.

Mwesigye said that 11% of the homes in the district didn’t have latrines meaning that out of every 100 households in Bushenyi, 11 don’t have latrines which are brought about by family heads who mind less on ensuring sanitation. He further added that all diseases can be gotten rid of if parents are not reluctant.

The Bushenyi district health educator, Charles Babikunyamu said that as a district they have tried to sensitize the masses about immunization through use of Village Health Teams who work with health officials to ensure availability of vaccines in the facilities around the district.

However, Charles stressed that their district sensitization programs on immunization are crippled by hard means of getting people which makes only use of VHTs which are relied on.

He added that media houses which would be the most effective channels for sensitization have not been used because of limited resources at the district.

“We need a combined effort by all people to make our good health strategies a success in the district. That’s how we shall be able to produce good immunization results,” said Charles.

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