By Sophan Niwamanya
A total of 57,851 children under the age of 5 years, were vaccinated against Polio in Kabale district, in the recently concluded Mass Police vaccination campaign, according to the data released by the district Health office.
Speaking at the release of the results of the vaccination exercise today in the DHO’s office boardroom, the Acting Kabale District Health officer, Alfred Besigensi, said that the side day vaccination exercise that started on 14th to yesterday 19th was successfully completed with a huge turn-up and positive response from the local communities and other stakeholders. He said that as the district, they set out to meet a target of 50,574 children but were able to vaccinate 57,851, equivalent to 114.4 percent.
Besigensi commended the health workers for working tirelessly to help the district to surpass their target.
The Assistant District Health Officer in Charge of Child and Maternal health, Paddy Mwesigye, said that despite, the district surpassing their target, they faced several challenges, like poor transport, heavy rains which interrupted the exercise, poor and delayed facilitation for health workers, and inaccessibility of hard to reach areas among others.
The Kabale District Vice Chairperson, Miria Akankwasa Tugume, promised that the district council will prioritize infrastructure development, in the next financial year, so as to help improve accessibility to such areas, where the exercise was interrupted by a poor road network and being hard to reach.
The Kabale District Internal Security officer-DISO, Reuben Mutabazi, who represented the Resident District Commissioner, Godfrey Nyakahuma, at the commissioning of the campaign results, commended the health workers for exhibiting professionalism and doing a great work of vaccinating Uganda’s children against, one of the six killers-Police.