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Over 2,000 doses of cholera vaccines unutilized as Busia residents shun vaccination

A health worker administering oral cholera vaccine to a child. File Photo

Busia, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Busia district has failed to administer 2,628 of the 71,150 oral cholera vaccines because some of the residents have shunned the exercise.

Last week, Busia district received 71,150 oral cholera vaccines targeting to vaccinate more than 70,000 people aged from one year and above specifically in the 24 villages in Western and Eastern divisions in Busia municipality.

The long week exercise that started on Monday ended on Friday last week. Dr. Mathias Wabwire Panyako, the Busia district health officer says that the vaccination campaign was targeting people who got the first dose in December last year.

He however says that they managed to vaccinate 68,522 people as some residents shunned the exercise despite the sensitization campaign they did through local radio stations and as leaders.

Fredrick Orengo, a resident of Nangwe village says that he shunned the second cholera dose because of the side effects like diarrhea and severe headache that he developed after getting the first dose last year.

Patrick Onyango, another resident from Madibira B village, says that its useless for him to get the cholera vaccine because he can observe personal hygiene to prevent the disease.

Mangeni Wacha, the LC 1 chairman Solo A village says that he heads a village of over 5,000 people but less than 3,000 turned up for vaccination. He attributes the poor turn up to poor sensitization, saying that most people feared the cholera vaccine.

George Barasa, the LC 1 chairman Nangwe shop village says that some residents fear that they could become impotent once vaccinated.

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