Launched on August 13th, the ceremony of launch of the immunization project in Minembwe was co-chaired by the projects coordinator of UGEAFI in Minembwe, Mr. Marcel SALA and the delegate of the Central Bureau of Minembwe health zone (ministry of public health) MAJUNGA MAMBO,the ceremony took place at Muriza health center in the presence of Chief of Kakenge II location and 36 villagers of whom 14 were women.
In his speech, the coordinator of UGEAFI projects Minembwe, assisted by the Chief vaccinator of Minembwe Mr. Antoine RWUMBUGUZA Anthony, informed the participant about the project purposes, duration, areas of actions, target group, indicators and project activities.
“This project aims to vaccinate children from 0 to 11 months to recover children unvaccinated or partially vaccinated up to 30 months and to immunize women of childbearing age (14 to 45 years) against tetanus. It lasts three months and will reach 1,200 children and women’s health areas Minembwe Itombwe and Bibokoboko ” coordinator SALA and adding” despite the limited access of some remote corners of Minembwe our teams manage to reach all targeted children and women ”
For his part, the delegate of BCZS Minembwe, on behalf of MCZS prevented, warmly thanked UGEAFI its support for children highland Minembwe. According to the doctor, the problems encountered in the implementation of the national immunization program include difficulties in maintaining the cold chain (which leads to the destruction of vaccines), the difficulty of reaching children living in areas where access is limited due to lack of roads and shortages of transport for the supply of vaccines. Difficulties that UGEAFI in partnership with GFF (Gould Family Foundation) and Central Bureau of health zone (ZKB) have just solved by deploying logistics (3 bikes, cold boxes, coolers, refrigerators and vaccines) and humans resources. He has, moreover, promised that the central bureau of health zone will support with its entire means to the successfully of this project.
Taking his turn to speak on behalf of the mothers of the Minembwe health area, Mrs. VERONIKA BUSIME visibly with emotions has several times in his speech, addressed this recommendation UGEAFI and BCZS Minembwe: “Our children are your children. We will never stop you entrust to you to help build their health. We once had a case of measles here, and we know the seriousness of this disease. So we are all happy to see the vaccination team coming into our village to vaccinate us . ”
As of 25september 2018, a total of 2943 children and pregnant woman have been vaccinated against Tuberculosis, poliomyelitis, Diphteria, Tetanus, wooping cough, Hepatitis B, Hemophulis influenzae, against pneumococcal diseases, measles and yellow fever in the Minembwe,Itombwe and Bibokoboko. Many woman and children have rushed to get vaccinated including many people from districts that were not targetted for vaccination for example communities living in the forest of Itombwe who haven’t get any vaccine in their lifetime. This is good news because it means people understand the importance of vaccination. However, despite concerted efforts by UGEAFI and partnersglobal vaccine stocks remain low