Over 300 healthworkers trained to administer Polio Vaccination exercise in Masindi

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By Priscilla Owomugisha,

MASINDI:

At least 300 healthworkers in Masindi District in Bunyoro region have received training in administering polio immunisation exercise that is yet to Kick start in the country.

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The revelation has bee  by Martin Drabo, the Inspector of Health Masindi District Local Government.

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“We have trained over 300 health workers and others will be trained before Thursday, and the vaccination exercise will kick off on Friday,’’ Drabo said

The door to door vaccination exercise will according to the ministry of health target all children underthe age of 5 years across the country starting Friday, January 14 to Sunday, January 16, 2022.

‘’The exercise will target children below five years, and it will be door to door exercise,’’ Dabro added.

Masindi District received 89,500 doses of oral polio vaccines and they are expecting to vaccinate over 71,350 children in the district in all the 368 villages.

Unlike in the previous immunisation exercises where immunisation cards would be given to each child after vaccination, Dabro had revealed that the ministry will not be issuing out vaccination cards but will mark the child’s left last finger and houses labelled to help in identifying already vaccinated and non-vaccinated children and their families.

He appeals to parents and guardians to embrace the exercise adding the vaccines safe, effective and free of charge.

‘’Parents and guardians should keep around the home and cooperate with the medics because the vaccines are safe, effective and free of charge,’’ he urged.

Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng accompanied by the officials from WHO, Unicef, flagging off cold chain equipments at Kololo on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the ministry of health dispatched cold chain immunisation equipments worth USD 8.3 million to ease vaccines storage which will be distributed to all districts and be given to vaccinators across the country.

The ministry targets to vaccinate over 8 million children against polio disease.

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