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Gulu: Government Cars To Be Grounded

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Gulu district health committee has resolved to deploy all government vehicles allocated to the district for the upcoming mass national measles-rubella and polio immunization campaign.

The exercise is expected to take five days, with 3 days dedicated to schools and 2 days to the community, from the 15th  – 20th October 2019.

The campaign that is going to be held nationwide comes after reported cases of measles-rubella outbreak in the country.

Report from Uganda National Expanded Programme on Immunization (UNEPI) show that at least 2497 cases of measles were reported 2018 between January and August and of these 1863 cases were confirmed to be positive while a total of 5273 cases were confirmed between 2010 and 2018 despite the country having very good immunization rate.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has allocated 104 million shillings to Amuru district health department for the exercise.

Doctor Patrick Odong Olwedo, the Amuru district health Officer is, therefore, calling on parents get ready and take their children for vaccination.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that is transmitted via droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of infected persons.

Rubella is also a contagious viral disease that is transmitted in airborne droplets when infected people sneeze or cough.

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