National Identity Card to Be Used for Free Yellow Fever Vaccination

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Dan Kimosho, the NMS Public Relations Officer, says all one needs to present when they show up for vaccination is their national identity card.

All those seeking to benefit from the free Yellow fever vaccination campaign organised by the National Medical Stores-NMS will be required to present their national identity cards.


The vaccine campaign will run from September 27 to 29th of this month.  The exercise is one of the activities scheduled to take place during the Uganda Revenue Authority tax payer's week this year. The campaign is being organised in collaboration with the Health Ministry and Mulago National Referral Hospital.

 
Dan Kimosho, the NMS Public Relations Officer, says all one needs to present when they show up for vaccination is their national identity card.
 

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Dan Kimosho, Public Relations Officer, NMS says that they are offering the vaccine to appreciate Uganda's taxpayers, most of whom travel frequently.

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Yellow fever vaccination is one of the many travel requirements that those travelling outside the country need.
 
 


In most health care centres, a ten year dose of yellow fever costs between Shillings 50,000 and 150,000.
 
Vivian Serwanjja, the Health Ministry Public Relations Officer, says the campaign was arranged to offer a needed service to Ugandans since not all of them can afford it.
 

"This campaign is part of the many URA activities planned to mark tax payers week and as the ministry of health we had to come up and join the campaign that will help immunise Ugandans against yellow fever."

According to WHO, children below nine months, expectant and breastfeeding women, people with hypersensitivity to egg antigens, people over 60 years of age should first consult with a health care provider before taking a yellow fever vaccine.

Kimosho says all those vaccinated will receive the yellow vaccination cards. He however, didn't disclose how much the entire exercise will cost.
 
Last year, Uganda had a yellow fever scare in Central Uganda in Masaka where more than two cases of yellow fever were confirmed. Kimoshso says that the campaign is targeting at least 90,000 people across the country.
 
In 2011, a yellow fever campaign in Northern Uganda targeted more than 900,000 people following an outbreak in 2010. Yellow fever is a viral infection transmitted by a bite from infected mosquitoes most commonly found in parts of South America and Africa. When transmitted to humans and not treated, the yellow fever virus can damage the liver.