David Muwanguzi, the Iganga District Health Officer, says the fire destroyed anti-malaria drugs meant for seven health centers, saying they have been receiving drugs since last week and the last consignment was recorded on Monday night.
The journalists; Godfrey Badebye, Rashid Kaweesa and Kassim Muhammad, as well as their driver Shadow Kisaame were detained yesterday at Central Police Station CPS Kampala together with Vivian Nakaliika, a wife to NBS television journalist Solomon Sserwanja. Nakaliika is a Communication officer with the Ministry of Health.
According to Ministry of Health records, 107 people were vaccinated in Ntoroko district and 524 in Kasese district as of November 17, 2018. Next week the vaccination exercise will start in Bundibugyo district. A total of 3,000 health workers will be vaccinated in the country.
The equipment is being distributed under a five year cold chain equipment optimization platform aimed at increasing the coverage of immunization across the country. Vaccines have to be kept under certain temperatures to retain their potency.
Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health while addressing the media on Friday said that the tests conducted on the drugs by a joint team from the World Health Organisation-WHO, NDA and the government revealed that the drugs had a low potency level with minimal efficacy to ensure immunity against Hepatitis B.
Otoori explains that the shots are taken on annual basis because every year, a new vaccine is manufactured depending on the new strains of flu that might be affecting people during a certain part of the year.
However, only 21,292 girls of the 92,000 returned for the second dose of vaccine meaning that over 7000 girls didnt show up. Ayub Madoi, the Mbale District Assistant Health Officer, says for maximum protection each girl is supposed to receive 2 doses.
According to the Health Ministry, the funds will be used to implement a number of preventive methods including the procurement of permanent walk through scanners, surveillance in high risk districts, case management control, facilitate health workers in the high risk districts and vaccination if needed.
An estimated 450,000 children under five years of age die each year from vaccine-preventable rotavirus infections. Diarrhoea is among the top ten causes of morbidity in Uganda, with the highly contagious rotavirus being responsible for about 40 percent of all diarrheal cases.
DRC Health Minister Dr Felix Kabange Numbi Mukwampa says the country does not have enough vaccines to cover the targeted population and areas as part of a vaccination drive launched at the end of last week. Dr Kabange says that the country only received 2million doses of the vaccine far below the over 20 million needed.