Posted by Maria Muzaaki on Dec 06, 2018
At 18 months, Donald Trump should have completed his immunisation schedule, but unfortunately this was not possible. His mother did not have a clear explanation though as to why her son - she proudly named Donald Trump had not received his measles vaccine. After giving Donald his polio vaccine, the medical worker, then proceeds to inject his left upper arm. We expected Donald to wail in tears, but he takes his injection in silence, almost stone faced. We are all amazed at his demeanour, his mother inclusive. A few minutes later, he proudly walks away with his mother, without shedding a single tear- which got me thinking –what’s in a name!
Donald was among the hundreds of children immunised in August at Katoogo Village, Ggaba Parish (Makindye Division) under a Polio Plus Immunisation Campaign by the Rotary Club of Kampala Central.  A total of 429 people (188 males and 241 females) were immunised, and 410 of these were below 18 years. The campaign covered polio, tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B, haemophilus influenza, measles and rotavirus. The community also received deworming tablets. Majority of the children immunised were below 5 years.
 
For many of the residents, this was a timely intervention as a number of the children had either not been immunised at all, or had not received all the required doses of vaccines. The youngest child was one-week old and had not received any vaccine – the mother had delivered at home. 
“The Rotary Club of Kampala Central. with support from the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) intends to immunise 25,000 children by the end of June, 2019,” said Rtn. Ivan Mwondha, the Club President. The target will be communities living in high risk areas in the five divisions of Kampala. “Our monthly immunisation and sensitisation campaigns will be conducted in high risk slum areas within the city so that we reach the most vulnerable communities within their localities,” added Rtn. Josephine Kitaka, the Club’s Chair for Service Projects committee. 
In September, 600 children were immunised at Elgon Infant School, Acholi Quarters in Nakawa Division.  In total so far, 1,029 children have benefited from the Club’s PolioPlus Immunisation Campaign.
 
By Rtn. Maria Muzaaki – Polio Officer, RC of Kampala Central, Uganda