Kabale district receives medicines for Integrated Child Health Days.Tobias Habasa
By Alex Byakatonda
Kabale district has received an assortment of medical supplies to be used during this month of Integrated Child Health Days.
According to the acting Kabale district health officer, Alfred Besigensi, the medicines received today include, 160,000 dozes of deworming medicines to be given to children aged 6months to 14years and 38,000 tablets for vitamin A. Vitamin A, which helps in brain development and eye care, will be administered to only children aged between 6months and 5years. Besigensi said that these medicines are an addition to the ones they have been using since the beginning of this month. He however said these will be enough to cover all eligible children.
The Ministry of Health dedicated the months of April and October to reach every child and woman with critical health care services like catch-up vaccinations, deworming and vitamin A supplementation – in addition to family planning services and general health education.
Besigensi said that they will also be targeting to inoculate girls aged 10 and 11 years against cervical cancer, as well as administering hepatitis B to all eligible members of the public and tetanus and diphtheria vaccines to women of child giving age.
Besigensi called on the public to ensure that children don’t miss out on these medicines. He also called on the public visit all designated vaccination centres for vaccination against Hepatitis B and tetanus and diphtheria.