Yellow Fever outbreak Could Spread Further- WHO

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The demand for the yellow fever vaccine has also shot up in Uganda following the confirmation of an outbreak of yellow fever in Masaka district a month ago. The vaccine is mostly demanded by persons traveling to high risk countries.

The World Health Organisation has warned that the outbreak of yellow fever that is devastating Angola has high chances of spreading to neighboring countries.

An update posted by the World Health Organisation shows that already 38 cases were exported to Democratic Republic of Congo, two were exported to Kenya and one exported to China. It adds that the viral tropical disease has killed 277 people in Angola while more than 2,000 are infected.

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan visited Angola last month and called for the vaccination of every citizen in order to provide the population with the much needed immunity against yellow fever. Angola has a population of 26 million people spread across 18 provinces.

Of these, 7.5 million have been vaccinated against yellow fever.

Meanwhile, the demand for the yellow fever vaccine has also shot up in Uganda following the confirmation of an outbreak of yellow fever in Masaka district a month ago. The vaccine is mostly demanded by persons traveling to high risk countries.

But controversy still rages between Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and National Medical Stores (NMS) over the unjustified sale of government procured yellow fever vaccines.

KCCA received 3000 dozes of the vaccine from National Medical Stores on April 27 using a credit line of Kiruddu Health Centre in order to address the increasing demand for yellow vaccines in the country. NMS spokesperson Dan Kimosho says that NMS distributes each dose of the vaccine at 16,000 Shillings.

KCCA is selling each dose of the vaccine at 100,000 Shillings saying yellow fever vaccines cannot be provided free of charge because they are not on the list of essential drugs like BCG, PCV and DPT that are given out at no cost to Public health facilities.

However, Dr Diana Atwiine, the director of the Medicines and Health Services Delivery Monitoring Unit said KCCA is under investigation for selling government procured vaccines.
 
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Currently, the vaccines are available at four recognized health facilities in the country and they come at a cost. These include City Hall Clinic, Novik hospital, Kazuri clinic at Entebbe international airport and The Surgery in Naguru.

 

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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).