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 (WHO).
The vaccination campaign was launched on Wednesday at Kitgum Public primary school and 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supervisor for Kitgum district campaign on measles and rubella mass vaccination says all measles vaccines will be withdrawn after the five days’ mass vaccination exercise.
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 children.
Dr Alex Olwedo, the Kitgum district health officer (DHO) lauded the initiative from the ministry given 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 children. Dr Olwedo assured children and parents that the vaccines are safe and won't cause any adverse health complications.