Kabale District has been hit by Rotavirus vaccine, shortly after the Ministry of Health rolled out the Routine Immunization Schedule to protect children under five years of age from diarrhea.
The Rotavirus vaccine Routine Immunization was launched on 26 June 2018 nationwide and was supplied at all health centers that offer immunization services and other immunization outreaches. It is immunized orally.
Rotavirus infection is the most common cause of diarrhea disease among infants and young children under five years and is responsible for over 215,000 deaths annually and approximately 40% of hospitalizations for diarrhea worldwide.
In Uganda, Rotavirus infections are detected year around, which shows that rotavirus infection is a regular in the high disease burden among the surveillance, an estimated 10,637 children bellow 5 years of age die in Uganda each year due to rotavirus diarrhea.
Despite the vaccine was launched last Month, it is scarce in facilities, Jovantah Tukamushaba of Maziba Sub County and Allen Ayebare in Southern division in Kabale municipality, told our reporter that they recently visited Maziba Health Center IV and Kamukira Health Center IV, respectively for the services to their babies but never found it.
Our reporter has also visited Kabale Municipal Yard Health Center two and it is also in scarcity.
Immaculate Mandela the Kabale District Health Officer said that the number of patients out-competed the volume of the supplied vaccine; she adds that they have already made orders to the ministry of health and they were promised to receive it as the Ministry’s police to supply all vaccines every after two months.