The second phase of vaccination is going to be carried out in the districts of Nebbi,Pakwach,Bududa and Zombo
Vaccination is schedule to start next week
The Ministry of Health is planning to carry out the second phase
of vaccination against Cholera.
The areas being targeted during the second phase are Nebbi, Pakwach, Zombo and
This comes following the first phase of immunization that took
place in April 2019.
“The vaccines arrived safely into the country and teams have been undergoing
training. They are already in the respective districts and are waiting to start
immunizing people next week,” says Dr Charles Olaro, the Director of Clinical Services
at the ministry.
The second phase of vaccination comes weeks after district medical officers in
Bududa-one of the cholera hotspots in the country raised concern about the
delayed start of the second phase.
According to William Kotaki, the Bulucheke Health Centre III In-charge,
there were concerns that the people who received the first dose of the
vaccination were at risk of getting infected with cholera since they had not
received the second dose of the vaccine two weeks after.
Dr Olaro says that there were no delays on carrying out the second phase of the
He says the ministry has worked within WHO guidelines and that
people in affected areas will get the second dose at the planned for time.
“We vaccinated them in April and there’s no way that we could have been ready
to vaccinate them with the second dose when the vaccines just arrived into the
country on November 16, 2019.
According to WHO guidelines, two doses of the vaccine need to be
administered within six months of the first does to make it more effective. The
first dose is only 85 percent effective in protecting against cholera.
If after six months the second dose has not been given, the
efficacy of the vaccine can drop to as much as 30 percent.
A total of 740,000 doses of vaccines arrived and vaccination is expected to run
form 9-13 December 2019.
Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhoea which can
lead to dehydration and even death if it goes untreated. It is caused by eating
food and drinks that are contaminated with faeces.