According to the Health Ministry, immunization services had dropped by 65 percent due to the failure of parents to take their children for immunization. Also, with the closure of schools, many children could not access HPV vaccines.
The Health Ministry has received 35 vehicles to boost the uptake of
immunization services in the country.
According to the
Health Ministry, immunization services had dropped by 65 percent due to the
failure of parents to take their children for immunization.
Also, with the
closure of schools, many children could not access HPV vaccines.
As a result, UNICEF
and Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) have handed over 35 vehicles
to boost immunisation services in the country.
While flagging off the
vehicles at Kololo Ceremonial grounds, the Health Ministry Permanent Secretary,
Dr. Diana Atwine, said the vehicles will be stationed at district offices, from
where they will be dispatched to different villages to extend services to
Dr. Atwine called upon
the beneficiaries to put the vehicles to their intended use and maintain them
in good condition.
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She disclosed that the
vehicles cost Shillings 6.29 trillion (1.7 million dollars).
Jon Blasco, the Acting Deputy Representative Operations for UNICEF, said the
vehicles were secured with support from GAVI, adding that they will be very
instrumental in reaching the population on the ground.
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Blasco said they expect to procure more vehicles with support from GAVI.
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Blasco says that this procurement is of 71 vehicles including those that were
secured in the previous years.
Dr. Fred Duku, the
Kamuli District Health Officer, says the vehicles will help address the
immunization challenges faced by Kamuli district such as transportation of
health workers and vaccines.