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Robert Kalumba, the KCCA Deputy spokesperson told URN on phone they suspended the yellow fever vaccination because they run out of vaccines. City Hall Clinic has been conducting yellow fever vaccination at Shillings 100,000, which is slightly higher compared to the charges at accredited health facilities.

Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA has suspended yellow fever vaccination at its City Hall Clinic. "I hereby inform the general public that yellow fever vaccination has been suspended at City Hall Clinic until further notice with the exception of card replacement," reads a May 24th 2016 notice signed by Dr. Daniel Okello Ayen on behalf of the Director Public Health and Environment at KCCA.
 
Dr. Akello advises all those seeking yellow fever vaccination to get the service at Norvik Hospital, the Surgery and Kazuri Clinic at Entebbe Airport. However, no reason was given in the notice for the suspension. But Robert Kalumba, the KCCA Deputy spokesperson told URN on phone they suspended the yellow fever vaccination because they run out of vaccines.
 
''We have run out of vaccines and we don't know when we shall resume the exercise because our supplier has no vaccines. People should go to other accredited facilities," he said. City Hall Clinic has been conducting yellow fever vaccination at Shillings 100,000, which is slightly higher compared to the charges at accredited health facilities.
 
The suspension of the yellow fever vaccination at City Hall Clinic comes at a time when the KCCA is under the spotlight for unjustified sale of the government procured yellow fever vaccines. Early last month, the National Media Stores questioned why KCCA was charging people for yellow fever vaccination after receiving 3000 doses of yellow fever vaccines paid for by government.
 
KCCA has since been directed to return the vaccines, but this according to Kalumba can only be done when they get more vaccines. The suspension of the yellow fever vaccination at City Hall Clinic is also likely to raise eyebrows given the recent outbreak of yellow fever in Masaka district.
 
The outbreak compelled several people traveling outside the country to seek yellow fever vaccination as some countries such as Kenya and Tanzanians imposed restrictions on Ugandan's traveling to their countries to present their yellow fever vaccination certificates.
 
The internal Affairs Ministry issued a travel advisory to that effect. The vaccine provides body immunity against yellow fever, a viral tropical disease transmitted by mosquitoes that affects kidneys and liver. The vaccine is mostly demanded by international travellers moving to high risk countries.
 
Yellow fever is a viral hemorrhagic disease caused by a virus transmitted human to human via an Aedes mosquito bite or to humans from primate reservoir via forest mosquito species.
 

 

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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).