The Minister of
Health Ruth Aceng has warned cultural and religious leaders against sabotaging
the mass immunisation exercise against measles and rubella.
exercise starts on Wednesday across the country is targeting 18 million children
from nine months to 15 years.
Speaking at the launch of the mass Measles-Rubella and polio
vaccination campaign at Mayuge district headquarters on Tuesday Aceng, said
culprits will be prosecuted.
Aceng asked parents to immunize their children and save
money and time wasted while footing hospital bills to treat children suffering
from preventable diseases.
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Aceng further says that 1.3 million children are under-immunized and have not
fulfilled their immunization schedule.
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Dr Yonas Tegegn, the World Health Organisation-WHO Country Representative tasked
local leaders to start door to door campaign mobilization to help them to earn trust
from parents who are easily misled.
Meanwhile, police in Mbale have arrested three members of the 666
enjili religious cult for allegedly preaching against the Measles-Rubella and
Polio immunization campaign.
They are Francis Kawanga Gudoi the pastor, Samwel Madagi and Rogers Namugoa
both residents of Kilayi parish, Bubyangu sub county in Mbale district.
They were arrested on Tuesday following a tip from the medical
officials who had gone to immunize children.
Rashid Cherogoyi, the Bubyangu sub-county Measles-Rubella supervisor said that
the immunization team on Tuesday went to Bubyangu to register children, but
some families refused to turn up.
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The five-day immunization campaign ends on Sunday.