Press Release by UNICEF
Posted 19 November 2020
KAMPALA, – In response to the polio case detected in the Bugiri district in mid-October, the Ministry of Health, WHO and UNICEF will begin the first round of supplemental polio immunizations from Saturday November 20 to Monday November 22.
“Over two million children up to age 5 will be immunized in 48 high risk districts in east, north eastern and northern Uganda,” said Dr. Stephen Mallinga, Ugandan Minister of Health. “We are determined to contain this outbreak so that Uganda will once again be declared polio free.”
Polio is a highly infectious disease entering the body through the mouth, in water or food contaminated with faecal material from an infected person. The disease spreads rapidly in unimmunized or inadequately immunized populations, especially children. Polio causes total paralysis and in some cases it can be fatal.