How Culture Has Dealt Blow to Immunisation
Monday, May 18, 2015
Cultural and religious beliefs, vaccine shortages and misinformation contribute to low vaccine uptake in Uganda, the Daily Monitor's Emmanuel Ainebyoona reports. To combat these issues, the government plans to introduce a law on vaccination to compel parents to have their children vaccination.
"Finda Nagobi, 65, a resident of Bukasero A in Mayuge District, claims her grandchildren fall sick whenever vaccinated during immunisation campaigns. Found cultivating her garden, Nangobi’s home is located a few metres away from Lake Victoria. She says her grandson, Elia Twesigye, three-years-old, has been suffering skin rash since he was immunised during the January polio door-to door campaign. “When they gave him the polio vaccine, Twesigye developed skin rush around the neck,” Nangobi says."
"Sitting together with her grandson on bare ground and after moment of meditation, Nagobi adds: “I do not see the importance of immunisation because we were never immunised in our days.” Like his mother, Nankora Kizito, 40, Twesigye’s father holds similar sentiments. “Immunisation is not bad but once our children are vaccinated, they fall sick and it costs a lot of money to treat them,” Kizito says."