Uganda receives 12.9 million doses of polio vaccine for 2nd round

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KAMPALA, July 6 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – July 6, 2022): Uganda on Tuesday received 12.9 million doses of polio vaccine from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) which will be used during the second round of the door-to-door vaccination campaign scheduled for next month, the health ministry said.

“Vaccines for children have been the most effective strategy to reduce infant mortality. The second cycle of the polio immunization campaign will fully protect children against polio,” said Munir Safieldin, UNICEF Representative in Uganda.

The first round of vaccination administered in January targeted more than 8 million children under five.

Last August, Uganda announced a polio outbreak in the country after faecal samples taken from the capital Kampala tested positive.

The Ministry of Health then warned that it was the rare wild type 2 polio virus, the vaccine for which was excluded from the country’s routine immunization programs in 2016.

The resurgence has been attributed to the reduction in routine immunization in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Uganda was certified polio-free in October 2006 by the World Health Organization after not reporting any indigenous polio cases for 10 years.

Poliomyelitis is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that mainly affects children under the age of five and is transmitted by the faecal-oral route and by aerosol droplets.

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