Government through the Ministry of Health is set to begin vaccination to prevent Cholera outbreaks in Bududa district, Eastern Uganda.
The Ministry will vaccinate over 50,000 individuals in 22 parishes that are comprised of 207 villages in the district. Bududa is currently facing an active cholera outbreak.
However, the Ministry says the outbreak is being responded to effectively by the resilient and determined health workforce.
The vaccination will be carried out in the parishes of: Busiliwa, Bushiyi, Bumwalukani, Saskusaku, Bumwalye, Bumasata, Bunambatsu, Bushunya, Bumusenyi, Banamanda, Buwashi, Bunandutu, Bunatsmya, Bulobi, Maaba, Shihulusi, Bumakhwa, Bumusi, Bubukasha, Bukibokolo, Bumatanda and Bunaporo.
The first round of the second phase of integrated oral cholera vaccination campaign was concluded of in May 2019.
The campaign targeted 630,120 persons living in the cholera hotspot sub counties in the four districts of Nebbi, Zombo, Pakwach and Buliisa. The vaccine coverages in the four districts were 53% in Buliisa, 102% in Nebbi, 106% in Pakwach and 84%in Zombo district.
The Ministry of Health will conduct the second dose vaccination campaign dose from August-September 2019.
Oral Cholera Vaccine is administered orally for persons above one year to protect them against Cholera, a severe, potentially epidemic, life-threatening diarrheal disease.
The vaccine is administered in two doses which are given two weeks apart and offers individuals protection of up to 5 years.
OCV is used as part of the Ministry of Health’s Integrated Cholera prevention and control strategy (including safe water, improved sanitation, and high-quality case management) and is in line with the on-going Cholera elimination activities.
The vaccine reduces the risk of an individual getting sick with or dying of Cholera.