August 13, 2013

Parents Express Concern over Shortage of Immunization Vaccines

Parents are anxious over the recent shortage of immunization vaccines for most killer diseases in hospitals.

Rose Mugisha, a resident of Kyanja, says she gave birth from Kadic Hospital in May but her baby did not get the polio mouth drop that is admnistered at birth. She says she was told to go back after a week but still was told the vaccine is out of stock and that is what she was told at two other clinics in Ntinda.

Grace Namukasa also narrated how she moved from clinic to clinic before she could get her baby immunized.
Namukasa, who is a resident of Nansana, says she went through all the clinics in the area and in Bulenga but they all did not have the vaccine. She then went to Naguru hospital which also didn’t have the vaccine.

Dr Asuman Lukwago,the Health  Ministry's Permanent Secretary says government realizes there is a problem and is doing all that is necessary to sort it out.
Dr Asuman Lukwago,the Health Ministry’s Permanent Secretary says government realizes there is a problem and is doing all that is necessary to sort it out.

A nurse who did not want to be named at Life link clinic in Ntinda said that the vaccine especially polio was out of stock for the months of May and June. She said the month of July went fine but she is afraid stock could be running out again.

She told local media that the clinic’s stock is running low yet they have not been supplied.
International Hospital Kampala also did not have the vaccine for the bigger part of April and May saying that the ministry had delayed to supply them.

The Health Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Asuman Lukwago says government realizes there is a problem and is doing all that is necessary to sort it out.

He attributed the shortage to what he calls managerial issues but says government is addressing them together with the development partners. He told local media that government recognizes that the situation is critical because the life of many young children depends on the vaccine.

This could lead to a further decline in immunization levels which had already declined from 71% to 55% according to a 2011 World Health Organization and the UN children’s fund estimates. Also, a 2011 Uganda demographic and health survey showed that 48 % of children below five are under-immunized or un-immunized.

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