Kampala – 13/04/2017– Ministry of Health has signed Memoranda of Understanding with 21 health facilities assessed to administer Yellow Fever vaccines to international travellers.
The purpose of this collaboration is to share respective strengths, experiences, technologies, methodologies, and resources in order to provide and administer a safe, affordable and highly effective vaccine against Yellow Fever, and thus offering lifelong protection after a single injection.
The assessed and accredited facilities are; KCCA Clinic Kampala, Mengo Hospital, Nakasero Hospital, St. Catherine Hospital, Norvik Hospital, Kitante Medical Centre, Span Medicare, Victoria Hospital, Victoria Medical Centre, Airport Medical Centre Entebbe, Rugarama Hospital, Kabale, Kabale Regional Hospital, Rushoroza Health Centre IV, Tororo Hospital, Tororo, Masafu Hospital Busia, City Medicals Kampala, Doctors Hospital Sseguku Kampala, International Medical Centre Kampala, Kampala Medical Chambers Kampala, Le Memorial medical services Kampala and Jabez Vaccinations Kampala.
More health facilities will be added after assessment.
During the signing ceremony, Permanent Secretary, Dr. Atwine Diana cautioned health facilities and other facilities involved in printing vaccination cards against malpractices and fraudulent activities in this exercise. “In the past, we have had so many travelers present fake vaccination cards at border points which forces health workers to administer another Yellow Fever vaccine and issue a Government approved vaccination card. This will now be a matter of the past upon developing a partnership with these facilities” Dr. Atwine said.
Dr. Atwine adds that Ministry of Health reserves the authority to print the vaccination cards, a measure undertaken to prevent fraud, forgeries and malpractices involved in producing these cards.
The Acting Commissioner for Clinical Services, Dr. Jackson Amone noted that under this arrangement, the Government of Uganda will issue a total of 50,000 free vaccination cards to all the accredited facilities. “However, the health facilities will be required to pay for the subsequent procurement of the vaccination cards” he said. Exchanges for the old cards will also be accepted at these facilities at no cost.
Besides Yellow fever, the new standardized vaccination cards cover other immunisable diseases, and their production will strictly be coordinated and controlled by the Ministry of Health.The Government will de-register any facility that will abuse this process in any way.
The country has experienced Yellow Fever outbreaks in the recent past, and this initiative is expected to boost national control efforts. The public is therefore urged to always carry along their vaccination cards every time they travel out or back into the country.
Ministry of Health is responsible for the planning and implementation of providing health services to all people residing in Uganda. Its mission is to ensure the attainment of a good standard of health by all people in Uganda in order to promote a healthy and productive life.