National
Immunisation: Mothers to be notified by sms
Publish Date: Apr 23, 2014
Immunisation: Mothers to be notified by sms
Immunisation is crucial in every child’s life
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Taddeo Bwambale
 
Parents whose children who are due for immunisation will be reminded through phone messages, under a new project by the health ministry to scale up immunisation.
 
The sms reminder system is part of renewed efforts by Government to encourage parents to complete doses for immunisation. 
 
Children are immunized against Tuberculosis, Polio, Pneumonia, Meningitis, Tetanus, Measles, Whooping cough, Diphtheria and Hepatitis B.
  
Children must be immunised five times before the first birth day: at birth, six weeks, 10 weeks, 14 weeks and nine months.
 
Dr. Robert Mayanja, the manager Uganda National Expanded Programme on Immunisation (UNEPI) said the system would monitor parents’ compliance with immunisation schedules. 
 
“The system will capture the phone number of parents and dates when they are scheduled to take their children for immunisation,” he explained in an interview with New Vision. 
 
A phone message will automatically be sent to a parent when a particular immunisation date approaches. 
 
Mayanja said the ministry of health would soon pilot the system in conjunction with the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) and UNICEF.
 
Uganda has nearly doubled routine immunisation coverage from 52% in 2012 to 98% in 2013. 
 
However, drop-out rate (percentage of children who received the first dose but did not receive the third dose of the series) is still high.
 
Between January and December 2013, the drop-out rate for DPT3 (diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus vaccine) was at 9% and BCG (Measles) at 8%, meaning such children are still not safe. 
 
Health workers are undergoing training to collect data on immunisation, with funding from the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI). 
 
Districts will be equipped with computers and internet to aid electronic data storage, processing and transmission. 
 
In an interview with New Vision, Dr John Matovu, the District Health Officer for Butaleja welcomed the system saying it would help in managing immunisation records in the district.
 
“The flow of information from rural areas is one of our biggest problems,” he said, noting that the district has only 48% of the required staff.
 
Dr Stephen Sebudde, the District Health Officer for Kanungu, told New Vision that follow up on immunisation was affected by low staffing and transport challenges. 
 
 
RELATED ARTICLES
 
 
 
 
 
Pneumonia immunisation to start soon Publish Date: Feb 14, 2013

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
President Yoweri Museveni has held discussions with the SPLA in opposition team led by Gen. Alfred Lado Gore over peace efforts in South Sudan.The meeting that was arranged by the Uganda Peace Support team set up to broker peace talks in the ongoing conflict in South Sudan....
MPs demand dialogue with S Sudan over border conflict
A parliamentary fact finding mission on the border conflict between Uganda and South Sudan has recommended that Government urgently conducts open dialogue with its neighbor to harmonise the issues at stake....
Learn to save and spend less, Ugandans told
Ugandan-Asian investor in real estate, Miraj Barot of Tirupati Development has challenged youth to learn how to save and spend less if they are to succeed in business....
EALA Speaker suspension: Uganda to intervene
Uganda is studying the circumstances under which East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) Speaker, Margaret Zziwa, was suspended by members....
Protester loses fingers to tear gas
A man from Mayuge district has lost fingers on his right hand after a tear gas canister reportedly exploded in his hands.Local police say Gaster Ibinga picked up a tear gas canister that was hurled at fishermen who were rioting at Busuyi landing site, and tried to throw it back at the police....
Ncube tips media on technologies
Media entrepreneur, Trevor Ncube and owner of South Africa’s Mail & Guardian newspaper has tipped Ugandan media to come up with s that use technology to improve delivery of news and information....
Should Govt lease parts of Lake Victoria to private developers?
Its Ok
No Way
Not Sure
follow us
subscribe to our news letter