Soroti runs out of meningitis drugs

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By SIMON PETER EMWAMU

SOROTI. Thousands of people who were eager to receive the vaccine for the deadly meningitis disease are disappointed after the delivered doses by the Health ministry ran out.
In Soroti District, the initial plan of having only people aged between one and 29 years vaccinated due to the limited 200,000 doses delivered flopped after those above the desired age bracket forced themselves to the vaccination centres.
Ms Grace Akiteng, one of the vaccinating officers, told Daily Monitor they faced ridicule from the public until they decided to vaccinate people of all ages. Mr Charles Olinga, a resident at Pamba ward, Western Division, Soroti Town, said all his five children below 29 years missed the vaccine.
“I think there is need to budget for the second phase,” he appealed.
Mr Olinga said the initiative by government was good but they should cater for the entire population. Mr Charles Okhandi, the Soroti District health officer, said the exercise targeted a certain age bracket.
He said at certain vaccination sites, they had to extend the exercise until Wednesday, but admitted the vaccines were inadequate to cater for the entire population of Soroti District that stands at 305,000 people.

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