57,851 children Vaccinated against Polio in Kabale District.

57,851 children Vaccinated against Polio in Kabale District.

By Alex Byakatonda

57,851 children under the age of 5year, were vaccinated against Polio in Kabale district, in the recently concluded Mass Police vaccination campaign, according to the data released by the district Health officer.

Speaking at the release of the results of the vaccination exercise today Thursday 20th January 2022, the Acting Kabale District Health officer, Alfred Besigensi, said that the six-day vaccination exercise, which started on 14th and ended on 19th January 2022, 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 to working tirelessly to help the district to surpass their target.


The Assistant Health officer in charge 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 on 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 represent 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.

The nationwide House to House Polio Vaccination Campaign, started on Friday, January 14, 2022, targeting 8,791,710 children, under five years of age.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) in August declared polio, a public health emergency, after registering two positive cases from Bugolobi and Lubigi sentinel environmental surveillance sites. The new cases came just a year after the World Health Organization-WHO, declared Uganda and the entire Africa Wild polio-free in August last year.

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