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Over 50,000 Ugandans vaccinated against Yellow-fever

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Aug 31, 2021

Under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the National Medical Stores (NMS) has carried out a 12-days free vaccination campaign against yellow fever in areas of Entebbe municipality.

The free campaign which started on August 19, ended on August 30 with 54,750 people vaccinated. Sheila Nduhukire, the NMS spokesperson said CSR campaigns have been conducted every year, focusing on yellow fever vaccination.

This campaign is not different from the others we have always been doing. Only this time, there has been a lot of enthusiasm among the people. We had planned to have this vaccination activity for only five days but had to extend it for more than seven days due to a big turn-up,” said Nduhukire.

Whereas the focus is always on the yellow fever vaccination, Nduhukire noted that there are diverse CSR activities carried out by NMS. “People tend to relax about yellow fever and only take a jab when they intend to travel to such countries that require it,” noted Nduhukire adding that the campaign is a preventive health measure as mandated by NMS.

A man receiving his jab against Yellow fever during free yeloow fever vaccination campaign by the National Medical Stores in Entebbe

Jacky Mirembe the Wakiso district female councilor representing Katabi town council appreciated the move saying, the big turn-up reflected that people in the community are always willing to abide by all government health programmes, but rarely granted opportunities.

However, the free vaccination programme excluded children below nine months and adults above 60years of age. In August last year, the ministry of health launched a yellow fever vaccination campaign in the West Nile region which targeted 1.6 million people following the outbreak of the disease in Buliisa and four other West Nile districts, which also claimed four lives.

While launching the campaign, the Minister for health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said the Yellow fever outbreak in the West Nile region required the Ministry’s quick response despite currently being engaged by the COVID-19 outbreak response.

We are dealing with a complex disease outbreak, but we remain cognizant of the fact that other essential health services like vaccination, maternal and child health services are required by our people”, the Minister said earlier.

Yellow Fever is a viral infection that causes damage to the liver, kidney, heart and gastrointestinal tract. Major symptoms may include sudden onset of fever, yellowing of the skin and hemorrhage.

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