Uganda has become the 20th country since 2000, to eliminate maternal and Neonatal tetanus, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), says in a statement.
Close to two million women of child bearing age were vaccinated under a UN-supported program which targeted 25 high-risk districts in Uganda 2002 and 2009.
In 2010, Uganda reported it had eliminated the disease – and this year, a validation survey has taken place, confirming Uganda’s elimination campaign has been successful.
Dr. Sharad Sapra, UNICEF Uganda Country Representative, described this as a historic achievement for Uganda, adding that the Government of Uganda should be applauded for their commitment to eliminating this killer disease.
Maternal and neonatal tetanus deaths can be prevented by immunizing mothers with the tetanus vaccine and emphasizing hygienic delivery and cord care practices.
The Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination campaign in Uganda is supported by, among other agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UNICEF, WHO and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).
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