Mulago National Referral Hospital has run out of the newly introduced rotavirus vaccine. Government rolled out the free rotavirus vaccination at all government health centers across the country on June 26th, 2018 with a launch in Buikwe district. The rotavirus vaccine protects children against common causes of diarrhea.
It is given to children twice at 6 weeks and 10 weeks through the mouth. URN visited Mulago National Referral Hospital on Wednesday and found the vaccine out of stock. A medical officer told our reporter on condition of anonymity that they received 120 doses of the rotavirus vaccine two weeks ago but they only lasted for two days.
Enock Kusasira, the spokesperson Mulago National Referral Hospital has confirmed the stock out, saying they expect to receive another consignment by next week. Dr. Christopher Oundo, the Supervisor Medical Services at Kampala Capital City Authority told URN that they received a new stock of the rotavirus vaccine from the National Medical Stores-NMS on Wednesday.
He explained that they will distribute the vaccine to all the 182 health facilities in Kampala soon. He however, couldn't disclose the number of children vaccinated since government rolled out the free the rotavirus vaccination. Dr. Bernard Opa, the programme manager Uganda National Expanded Program on Immunisation- UNEPI, said they will commence second round of distribution of the vaccine will start this week.
"On the shortages, it is not a surprise because it is very common with new vaccine introductions as the demand is always high, but this is manageable and temporary" Dr. Opa said in a text message. China- Uganda Friendship Hospital Naguru has the vaccine since they just received a consignment through Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).
Dr. Robert Isabirye, a public health consultant at China- Uganda Friendship Hospital Naguru says the vaccine will help relieve parents from over spending on treating their children. Some parents are still ignorant about the vaccine.
Sylvia Tumubwine, a mother of 3 children and resident of Lubugumu –Ndejje told URN that she isn't aware of the rotavirus vaccine