8,000 Red Cross Volunteers Recruited for New Polio Immunization Exercise

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Uganda Red Cross Society has recruited 8000 volunteers in 11 districts to assist in the second round of the national polio and measles immunization program. The immunization exercise to take place on the 25th and the 26th of April in districts that are at greatest risk from the diseases.
John Barenzi, manager of the Expanded Program on Immunization in the Ministry of Health, is consulting with the Uganda Red Cross Society on its campaign. He says the volunteers are vital in mobilizing communities to bring their children for immunization, as well as dispelling some myths about vaccination and health.
The Uganda Red Cross Society has allocated 800 million shillings for the immunization.
Barenzi says the exercise will be a success if funds are released in time to facilitate both the mobilization and the vaccination process.
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Abim, Kaabong, Kotido, Moroto, Nakapiripirit, Amolatar, Apac, Dokolo Lira, Oyam and Kampala are the target districts for the immunization campaign.
Barenzi says that although Kampala is not near any of Uganda's borders, and so is not directly at risk, its location as national convergence center makes children in the capital city vulnerable to disease.
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