Lira to Roll Out Mass Meningitis Vaccination

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In short
Meningococcal Meningitis is a bacteria form of meningitis that affects the thin layer of the membrane covering the brain and the spinal cord. It can cause brain damage and eventual death in about 50 percent cases left untreated.

Lira district will soon embark on the mass meningitis vacation, URN has learnt. Dr. Patrick Buchan, the Lira District Health Officer, says the campaign that will run between January 19th to 24th 2017, will target over 300,000 people in the district.



 
The vaccination targets people between 1 to 29 years of age. He explains that the mass meningitis vacation exercise was prompted by some reported cases in some districts in northern, eastern and western Uganda. At least 3 meningitis cases were recorded in Lira district last year.

 
"We are starting the meningitis preventive campaign since we are lying in the meningitis belt that has experienced frequent outbreaks in the past years," said Dr. Buchan.



According to Dr. Buchan, they have started distributing vaccines to government health facilities and immunization points at churches, schools and other places of social gatherings.

 

Meningococcal Meningitis is a bacteria form of meningitis that affects the thin layer of the membrane covering the brain and the spinal cord. It can cause brain damage and eventual death in about 50 percent cases left untreated.
 
 
According to Dr. Buchan, the dusty winds and cold nights that characterize the period in between December to June in the Meningitis belt increase the risk of meningitis.
 
 
 
The other high-risk districts include Abim, Adjumani, Agago, Alebtong, Amolator, Amudat, Amuria, Amuru, Apac, Arua, Buliisa, Dokolo, Gulu, Hoima, Kaabong, Kaberamaido, Katakwi, Kiryandongo, Kitgum and Koboko.
 
 
Others are Kole, Kotido, Lamwo, Maracha, Masindi, Moroto, Moyo, Nakapiripirit, Napak, Nebbi, Nwoya, Omoro, Otuke, Oyam, Pader, Soroti, Yumbe and Zombo districts.

 

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