Health Ministry Seeks UGX 21B for Hepatitis B Vaccination

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In a statement, the Minister of Health, Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, says the Shillings 10 billion that was allocated to the ministry in the 2015/2016 financial year is inadequate to fund the remaining 18 districts and cover the whole country, hence need for the supplementary funds.

The Ministry of Health is seeking at least Shillings 21 billion to extend mass vaccination against Hepatitis B virus to the whole country. Currently, the Health Ministry is carrying out mass vaccination in 30 districts in West Nile, Acholi, Lango and Karamoja sub regions. 
They include Adjumani, Arua, Koboko, Maracha, Moyo, Nebbi, Yumbe, Zombo, Agago, Amuru, Lamwo, Alebtong, Amolatar, Apac, Dokolo and Napak, among others. However, only 12 districts namely; Adjumani, Gulu, Dokolo, Moroti, Ngora, Lira, Moyo, Napak, Koboko, Kumi, Tororo and Arua are carrying out mass vaccination.
 
In a statement, the Minister of Health, Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, says the Shillings 10 billion  that was allocated to the ministry in the 2015/2016 financial year is inadequate to fund the remaining 18 districts and cover  the whole country, hence need for the supplementary funds. 

"We need to purchase more test kits, syringes and doses to be used for vaccination. The ministry is requesting for more funds and support to complete vaccination in the remaining districts in the Northern and Eastern Uganda and roll out to the entire country," Tumwesigye says.  
Last year, President Yoweri Museveni launched the mass vaccination campaign in Ngora district, to target at least 15 million people above the age of 14 years in the selected 30 districts. An estimated 3.5 million Ugandans are infected with Hepatitis B. Karamoja has the highest prevalence rate at 23 percent, followed by Northern Uganda (20.7%) and West Nile (18.5%).
 
Recently, a number of legislators tasked the ministry to explain why only a few districts are benefitting from the programme. Alice Alaso,  Serere Woman MP, noted that with incidences of refugees entering the country from all points, it is pertinent that all districts benefit from the mass vaccination.
 

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.