Government accredits 15 health facilities For Yellow Fever Vaccination
Government has accredited 15 government and private health facilities to offer yellow fever vaccination services to international travelers.
The facilities accredited by the Ministry of Health to provide the vaccination in the country include Victoria Medical Center, Kazuri Medical Care and Victoria hospital in Entebbe, KCCA Clinic, Norvik hospital, Kitante Medical Care, Span Medicare, Mengo hospital, Nakasero hospital, St. Catherine hospital in Kampala.
The State Minister of Health in charge of Primary Health Care, Dr. Joyce Moriku told a plenary sitting at Parliament on 21st September 2016 that the health centers are partnering with government to support the increasing demand for the vaccination services.
Dr. Moriku further told the House that the ministry has adopted and tailored the International Vaccination Certificate, with a logo of the Ministry of Health and World Health Organization (WHO) as a requirement of the International Health Regulation 2015.
“The certificate will also bear the seal of the Ministry of Health with some unique features to make it difficult to forge,” Dr. Moriku explained.
The developments come on the heels of a recent outbreak of yellow fever in April 2016 in the districts of Kalangala, Masaka and Rukungiri with eight cases registered.
However, a section of MPs questioned the list of health facilities accredited, noting that some parts of Uganda were not included. Aswa County MP, Reagan Okumu noted that given the traffic of people who travel to South Sudan, it is imperative that some health centers are included to provide services to travellers.
Similar sentiments were raised by Gilbert Olanya, Kilak South MP and Joy Atim Ongom, Lira Woman MP, who suggested that central government hospitals in Gulu and Lira districts be identified to provide the services.
Dr. Moriku said the ministry will consider more facilities to provide the vaccination services. She revealed plans by government to introduce yellow fever vaccine into the routine immunization programmes before 2018.
Under WHO guidelines, countries where there has been at least two outbreaks can introduce yellow fever vaccine into their routine immunization programmes. The last outbreaks in Uganda were in Northern Uganda in 2010 and the 1970’s, as well as Bundibugyo district in 1942.