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MINISTRY OF HEALTH TO ROLL OUT MASS POLIO VACCINATION IN MASINDI DISTRICT

By Innocent Atuganyira

MASINDI: This was revealed by Martin Drabo the Inspector of Health Masindi district local government on Tuesday at the official launch of reopening of schools at Teachers’ resource centre in Masindi town. The meeting involved different stakeholders including the district health officer, the district chairperson, the head teachers of different schools among others.

Drabo said that the exercise is targeting children below five years and it will be door to door. ‘’The exercise will target children below five years, and it will be door to door exercise,’’ he added.

The health expert also revealed that the exercise will kick off on Friday 14th to 16th this week. He also said health workers have been trained to carry out the exercise. ‘’We have trained over 300 health workers and others will be trained before Thursday, and the vaccination exercise will kick off on Friday,’’ Drabo told the members.

He also said Masindi received 89,500 doses of oral polio vaccines and they are expecting to vaccinate over 71,350 children in the district.  ‘’We received 89,500 doses of oral polio vaccines and we are expecting to vaccinate over 71,350 children in the 368 villages of Masindi,’’ he added.

The medical specialist also asserted that they don’t have vaccination cards but the child’s left last finger will marked and houses will labelled where they will have vaccinated children. ‘’We don’t have vaccination cards, labelling the left last finger of the vaccinated child will enable us identify the ones which have been vaccinated,’’ Drabo added.

Drabo asked parents and guardians to embrace the exercise adding the vaccines safe, effective and free of charge. ‘’Parents and guardians should keep around the home and cooperate with the medics because the vaccines are safe, effective and free of charge,’’ he asked caretakers.

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