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Over 2,000 Doses Of Cholera Vaccines Unutilized As Busia Residents Shun Vaccination

Dr. Mathias Wabwire Panyako, the Busia district health officer, says that the vaccination campaign was targeting people who got the first dose in December last year.
File photo of Health Workers vaccinating cholera during the launch last week (By Mukisa Gabriel)

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Busia district has failed 2,628 of the 71,150 oral cholera vaccines because of some residents shunning the exercise.

Last week, Busia district received 71,150 oral cholera vaccines targeting to vaccinate more than 70,000 people aged from one year and above specifically in the 24 villages in Western and Eastern divisions in Busia Municipality.

The long week exercise that started on Monday ended on Friday last week. Dr. Mathias Wabwire Panyako, the Busia district health officer, says that the vaccination campaign was targeting people who got the first dose in December last year. 

He, however, says that they managed to vaccinate 68,522 people as some residents shunned the exercise despite the sensitization campaign they did through local radio stations and leaders.

 

English audio:

//Cue in: "Last week we....                           

Cue out:....ones who missed"//  

Fredrick Orengo, a resident of Nangwe village, says that he shunned the second Cholera dose because of the side effect like diarrhea and severe headache that he developed after getting the first dose last year.  

English audio:

  

//Cue in: "I didn't get the...     

Cue out:...and more hygienic,"//

 

Patrick Onyango, another resident from Madibira B village, says that its useless for him to get the Cholera vaccine because he can observe personal hygiene to prevent the disease.

Samia audio:

//Cue in: "Esyakera nahaya ohucha...    

       

Cue out:...amateeka kobuyonjo"//    

 

Mangeni Wacha, the LC 1 chairman Solo A village, says that he heads a village of over 5,000 people but less than 3,000 turned up for vaccination. He attributes the poor turn up to poor sensitization, saying that most people feared the cholera vaccine.

 

Luganda audio:

//Cue in: "Lwakuba kati Busia...                  

Cue out:...abantu banji nyo"//      

George Barasa, the LC 1 chairman Nangwe shop village, says that some residents fear that they could become impotent once vaccinated.    

Luganda audio:  

//Cue in: "Immunization ngabwe...                    

Cue out:...obutazala ekitali kitufu"//

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