The three day exercise launched by Sarah Opendi, minister of state for primary health is to immunize at least 7 million children below the age of five in the 112 districts across the east African country.
“This is the fourth measles follow up campaign which aims at reducing measles morbidity and mortality by 95 percent by 2015,” said Opendi here in Kyegegwa district, southwestern Uganda.
Measles is one of the 11 killer diseases among children below five years in the country.
Uganda developed the Measles Strategic Plan 2013-2020 to enhance reduction and elimination of measles morbidity and mortality in the country.
At the same occasion, Opendi launched the supplementary Oral Polio Vaccine vaccination of at least 2.3 million children between 0-59 months in the 23 high risk districts.
Uganda experienced outbreaks of the polio virus in February 2009 and October 2010 imported from South Sudan and Kenya respectively. Enditem