Lira has surpassed its target for children to be vaccinated
against Polio by 2%.
On 14th January, the Ministry of Health and
partners rolled out a mass polio vaccination exercise targeting 8.8 million
children from five years below from across the country.
Lira district had a target of 56,788 children below
the age of 5 to be vaccinated. However, the 3- days of house-to-house exercise saw
a total of 58,689 vaccinated, equivalent to 102%.
Usually, it is border districts that shoot beyond 100% vaccination targets because parents from neighbouring countries bring in their children to take advantage. Lira's 102% performance could be a result of underestimating the target size among other possible factors.
Dr. Patrick Buchan Ocen, the District Health Officer
who attributed the good performance to strong mobilization explained that all
sub-counties met their vaccination target.
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However, Ocen was quick to note that they had to
involve security personnel in some parishes where some religious sect was de-campaigning
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Susan Akello, a mother of two whose children were
vaccinated appreciates the efforts of the district team saying it did not only
save her time but protected her children as well.
“I was getting ready to go to open my restaurant in
town when the nurses came and vaccinated my children from home unlike for
immunization where you have to go to the health center, this one is very convenient.”
Meanwhile Henry Okello Opio, a resident of Iwal sub county
was forced to transport his wife and their 5 months old son to Lira Regional
Referral Hospital where he was vaccinated from after the door to door
vaccination team missed his home.
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polio vaccination exercise followed a surveillance report which confirmed that
the water system in contained the polio virus and an eventual polio outbreak
confirmed in August last year.