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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  1. The oral polio vaccine was suspended decades ago in the USA because of the last 162 cases of paralytic polio, 154 of them were caused by the vaccine. How many Ugandan children will be sickend, disabled, or killed from this dangerous vaccination campaign on innocent children with no regard to health, prior vaccination, current immunity or risk of harm? The WHO and UN deserve the wrath of the entire world for the calloused disregard for the safety, health and lives of these children.

  2. The same situation in Ukraine, currently third tour of polio campaign running: UNICEF said about 2 cases of wild polio in Ukraine and decided to import vaccine, but at the same time official statistic says that paralysis were not caused by polio virus. Who knows? But WHO vaccination was failed by parents in Ukraine as most of them refused as there are many cases of sluggish paralysis and decreased immunity. The most abusive that campaign started at late autumn-winter period, at this cold time many got flu.
    In Ukraine was used vaccine of Sanofi Pasteur (France) and most news says OPV should be utilized asap, b/c WHO decided do not use “live” vaccines in future.

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