Posted by Sarah Bakehena on Nov 03, 2018
The “Polio End Game” is an initiative of Rotary International to build awareness and advocacy towards eradication of Polio worldwide. In Uganda the initiative was launched by the country polio plus committee on 13th October 2018 at Kawaala Health Center III. The event was organized with support from KCCA and other partners including World Health Organization. A number of stakeholders who attended the event included: Rotarians, Local Government Officials, councilors, Medical officers, and mothers among others. 

The Chairperson of TRF Polio Plus Sub Committee Rtn Winnie Kabumbuli, thanked the various partners for the support towards eradication of Polio in Uganda.  The launch also aimed to officially commission Rotary Clubs to carry out routine immunization drives in their communities. She further urged clubs to continue contributing to the TRF Polio Plus Fund to support the foundation activities in line with Rotary focus areas

Dr. Mariam Nantambi Murungi District Medical Officer Rubaga Division thanked Rotary International for supporting the cause. She noted that Kasubi was one of the most populated areas in Kampala District with a population of over 140,000 people. The health center receives over 1,000 mothers for antenatal services each month. Between 500 – 600 mothers deliver from the health center each month. It is expected that the number will double when the new Theater is opened. Only 40% of children born complete the immunization schedule by the age of five says Dr. Murungi. 

She noted that, despite the opportunity of free medical services offered by Rotary and partners, a number of parents were still hesitant when it comes to immunizing their children because of religious and cultural beliefs.”   Dr. Murungi called on parents of Kawaala and elsewhere to always embrace such programs. 

Dr. Naboth Kuule a Lecture Makerere University a polio survivor and activist called on parents to embrace immunization for their children.  Telling his story, he noted that children stand at a risk if they missed out on immunizations. “No parent wishes to see their children paralyzed. It took me a lot of time to appreciate who I am”, he said.

Caption: Dr. Naboth

 

The Polio End Game activities were also carried on to mark the World Polio day on 23rd October.  Key activities included a Polio awareness procession from Bweyogerere leading into a joint fellowship of Tuesday clubs hosted by the Rotary Club of Bweyogerere Namboole where 52 Rotary clubs, 4 Rotaract clubs and 1 Interact club were in attendance . The keynote speaker Dr Naboth shared his polio story.