Ministry of Health will withdraw all measles vaccines from all health
facilities across the country.
The move follows the introduction of the New Measles-Rubella combination
vaccine that is deemed more effective in fighting the two deadly viral
infections among children.
On Wednesday, the national mass vaccination campaign targeting 18 million
children below 15 years against polio, measles and congenital rubella infection
started. The campaign is funded by the Government of Uganda; GAVI, the Vaccine
Alliance; the United Nations Children’s Fund; and the World Health Organization
In Kitgum district, the campaign was launched on Wednesday at Kitgum Public
Primary School were a total of 1,117 pupils are expected to receive polio, measles
and rubella vaccination.
Dr Patrick Asibo, the Central Supervisor for Kitgum District Campaign on
measles and rubella mass vaccination says all measles vaccines will be
withdrawn after the five days’ mass vaccination exercise.
Dr Asibo says previously the health ministry had been administering only
measles vaccines without the component of rubella vaccines adding that it was
only effective to treating measles.
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Cue out…previously there”//
He notes that the new combination vaccine will be administered to all children
irrespective of whether they had been vaccinated a few days earlier.
Dr Asibo, however, ruled out any complications from the campaign and notes that
the new vaccine is a booster dose that will help boost immunity a child gained
from previous immunization.
He called on parents to embrace the campaign for the healthy growth of
//Cue in; “parents need…
Cue out……against them.”//
Dr Alex Olwedo, the Kitgum District Health Officer [DHO] lauded the Initiative
from the health ministry with support from world health organization give the
previous measles outbreak history registered in the district.
He says the district is well equipped to undertake the vaccination campaign
adding that they will strive to undertake 100 percent vaccination of all
Dr Olwedo assured children and parents that the vaccines are safe and
won't cause any adverse health complication.