The State Minister for Health, Margaret Muhanga has revealed that government plans vaccinate children against malaria.
Muhanga made the revelation during a plenary sitting on Tuesday, 16 August 2022 chaired by Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa.
“If we do not vaccinate our children again malaria, then we are allowing this killer disease. We lost about 24 children to malaria in June this year,” she said adding that, ‘a vaccine has been manufactured to control malaria especially in children. Government is working with other governments abroad that are producing the vaccine’.
She said this while responding to a matter of national importance raised by Kilak South County MP, Gilbert Olanya on the high prevalence of malaria in Acholi sub-region.
Olanya said that a report by the Malaria Indicator Survey revealed that 360 children below 15 years died of malaria in July 2022.
He called on gov’t to take the issue of malaria seriously citing the death of 18 children