Uncertainty Surrounds Planned Yellow Fever Vaccination Exercise

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Dr Stuart Musisi, the Masaka district medical officer who is also the coordinator of the Yellow Fever Vaccination exercise in greater Masaka region says they have not yet received funding and the vaccines needed to roll-out the exercise.

Uncertainty surrounds the planned vaccination of people against yellow fever amid growing fears on further spread of the outbreak in Masaka district.  Up to five people were confirmed dead in Masaka district following an outbreak of the disease last month.

An additional ten people were admitted at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital with similar symptoms. Neighboring countries; Kenya and Tanzania tightened a grip on all persons crossing borders to and from Uganda without a confirmation of yellow fever vaccination.

The Ugandan government, as a result, announced plans to conduct a nationwide vaccination exercise. However, the exercise appears to have been abandoned.

Dr Stuart Musisi, the Masaka district medical officer who is also the coordinator of the Yellow Fever Vaccination exercise in greater Masaka region says they have not yet received funding and the vaccines needed to roll-out the exercise.

Dr Musisi however adds that the district is containing the situation since no new case has been reported.
 
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However, there is growing fear in Buwunga, Kyanamukaka, Kabonera and Mukungwe Sub Counties where yellow fever cases were detected.

Francis Kimuli, the Buwunga sub county LCIII chairman says although there has not been any new death, at least six new cases were detected in Kamwozi, Kyeera and Kanywa villages, in Buwunga Sub County.

He warns that if the situation is not arrested before hand, the country will reach crisis levels.
 
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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.