Uganda starts polio immunization for 4.7 million children

Uganda's health ministry on Saturday started a three-day polio immunization exercise in high risk districts in the country.

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The exercise, according to the ministry spokesperson Rukia Nakamate, is intended to stop the potential spread of the virus from neighboring countries.

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Nakamate told Xinhua by telephone that the exercise, supported by World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund, targets over 4.7 million children below the age of five years in 57 districts.

The health teams will move from house to house to vaccinate children with Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV).

“During this exercise, all the targeted children whether previously immunized or not, will be given OPV drops in the mouth,” she said.

Uganda experienced outbreaks of the polio virus in February 2009 and October 2010 imported from South Sudan and Kenya respectively. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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