Health workers have started a five days door to door cholera
vaccination in the 24 villages of Busia Municipality.
Busia Municipality received a total of 71,150 doses of Oral cholera
vaccines that are administered to people aged one year and above.
The vaccination exercise started on Monday and is expected to end on Friday this week.
The exercise targets a
total population of over 70,000 in the area to protect them against the severe,
potentially epidemic, life threatening diarrheal disease (cholera) that causes
death within a short time if not medically managed.
The doses are administered two times with six months in between. The
vaccination follows several outbreaks of the disease in previous years in the
area where over 247cholera cases and seven deaths were reported.
Cholera is easily transmitted when a
person eats contaminated food or water contaminates human fecal
Dr. Allan Muruta, the commissioner epidemiology and surveillance
from ministry of health said during the launch of cholera vaccination at
Madibira Primary School ground in Busia Municipality that the vaccination is to
take place in six districts that are prone to cholera outbreak namely Busia,
Zombo, Bududa, Nebi, Pakwach, and Buliisa.
This is the third phase and is part of plans by ministry of
health to eliminate cholera from the country.
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Dr. Mathias Wabwire Panyako, the Busia district health officer says that the doses are for people who received the first dose in October last year and the few who shall get the first dose.
According to Wabwire, Busia district still has a challenge
of low latrine coverage which currently stands at 79% leaving a gap of some households still lacking latrines a lapse that still put the area in danger of cholera outbreak.
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Apollo Hasashs, a resident says that they want government to
bring more doses so that whoever comes into Busia town gets vaccinated.
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Hamis Twaha Ogoola, the L.C.1 chairman Madibira B village is
optimistic that the vaccines have come in time during rainy season which is always
when the area registers the cholera outbreak.
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Suzan Wandera, the Busia town deputy mayor says that they
still have a challenge of people dumping feaces which enter water sources. She appealed to village chairpersons tp ensure landlords provide latrines.
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John Rex Aachila, the Busia resident district commissioner
says that they have constituted a team of leaders comprising health educators to conduct sensitization in the
villages to ensure people don’t develop negative attitudes towards the