Ministry To Roll Out Injectable Polio Vaccine

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In short
Compared to the prevailing polio vaccine, the new inactivated polio vaccine will be administered through injection. The new vaccine will create immunity in the blood while the oral created immunity in the gut.

The Ministry of Health is set to roll out the use of a new polio vaccine in Uganda beginning April 18th.
Compared to the prevailing polio vaccine, the new inactivated polio vaccine will be administered through injection. The new vaccine is expected to create immunity in the blood.

Dr. Geoffrey Akena, the Medical Superintendent of Kitgum Hospital says health workers have undergone induction on the use of the new vaccine.
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At the beginning of April, Uganda concluded a nationwide polio vaccination that the Ministry of health said was prompted by outbreaks in the neighboring countries.  
According to Dr. Akena, another sub-national polio vaccination campaign targeting 61 districts in Uganda will commence on April 18 using the new injectable polio vaccine.
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Grace Adong, a mother of two told Uganda Radio Network from Kitgum Hospital that she is worried there are too many polio vaccines being administered over short periods of time. She said unless properly convinced, she won't allow her children receive the new vaccine through injection.

The World Health Assembly and the World Health Organization have adopted a new strategy aimed at global eradication of the disease beginning April 29th when all countries are expected to conduct another house to house polio vaccination using the new injectible polio vaccine.
The World Health organization says the transition in the vaccines used to eradicate polio requires the removal of all oral polio vaccines (OPVs) in the long term to completely eliminate the risks of vaccine-associated paralytic polio among others.


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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.