Busia Municipality leaders are demanding the provision of more doses of cholera vaccines, to ensure that the entire population is vaccinated against the disease.
The government-provided 60,840 doses of the Oral Cholera Vaccine for the first round of vaccination which ended on Wednesday last week in the municipality whose population stretches beyond 70,000 people.
The vaccine is administered orally for persons above one year of age to protect them against Cholera, a severe, potentially epidemic, life-threatening diarrheal disease.
It is administered in two doses which are given 14-days apart and it offers individuals protection of up to three years, reducing the risk of an individual getting sick with or dying of Cholera.
The second round of vaccination in Busia is expected to take place after two weeks.
But Busia district health officer Dr Willis Syongola says that the vaccines were not enough to cover the entire population of the area.
However, he says, a report has been sent to the Ministry of Health indicating a need for more vaccines. Dr. Willis on Orals speaking ;…
Similarly, Busia Municipality Mayor Hassan Bwire Opio observes a need for more vaccines so that even the population of more than 11,000 people who commute to the town gets vaccinated. ENDS.