By Fred Mwebembezi
KABAROLE: The Ministry of Health has confirmed polio outbreak in Kabarole district in Western Uganda.
The district has registered the first case in Kicwamba Sub County thus a threat to children, this was revealed on Friday during the council sitting at the district headquarters.
The Kabarole district chairperson Richard Rwabuhinga told the council members that they received a notofication from the ministry of health confirming the polio outbreak in the district.
”Its unfornate that we have polio case in the district yet we have been conducting immunization campaign against the disease,” he decried.
Rwabuhinga says getting a polio case in the district points to the fact that some families still shun immunisation exercises and as a result they are slipping back into the trap of the killer disease.
He calls upon people to take vaccination exercises seriously, practice good hygiene at all times and stop practicing open defecation which are seen to be the causes of this disease.
According to Brian Kisembo the Acting District Health Officer, Polio is caused by a virus which is transmitted through the oral fecal route that contains Polio vaccine.
He says once it enters the body, the virus affects the nerves causing paralysis and in some cases it leads to permanent disability and cause death threats.
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