By Kampala Post Reporter
KAMPALA. Government through the Ministry of Health on Friday inaugurated the first Uganda National Immunization Coordination Committee/ Immunization Fund Board.
The 10-member board chaired by Dr. Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, was appointed by Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health.
The members took oath at a ceremony presided over by a registrar of the High Court of Uganda.
The board members to the Immunization Coordination Committee/ Immunization Fund Board include; Dr. Diana Atwine (Chairperson) from Ministry of Health, Mr. Paul Okware (Member) from National Medical Stores, Mr. Aggrey David Kibenge (Member) from Ministry of Education and Dr. Viorica Berdaga (Member) from UNICEF.
Others are Mr. Julius Mukunda (Member) from Civil Society, Mr. Assimwe Balaam Mwijukye (Member) from Ministry of Local Government, Ms. Robinah Lukwago (Member) from Department for International Development, Mr. John Mpuunju (Member) from Private Sector, Mr. Paul Patrick Mwanja (Member) from Ministry of Finance and Mr. Andrew Bakainaga (Member) from World Health Organization.
"The board will manage immunization funds contributed by Government of Uganda, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and other partners as established by the Immunization Act, 2017," said a statement from the Ministry of Health.
An Act provides for compulsory immunization of children, women of reproductive age and other target groups against immunizable diseases; to establish the Immunization Fund and to provide for other incidental matters.
The objective of the Fund is to purchase vaccines and related supplies, cold chains and funding of immunization outreach activities.
According to the Act, the Board shall meet at least once every three months for the purposes of discharging its functions. The Minister shall, by regulation provide for the procedure and conduct the meetings of the Board.
Diseases for which immunization is compulsory in Uganda include; Tuberculosis, Whooping Cough, Tetanus, Hepatitis B and Heamophillus Influenza, Polio, Measles and Human Papillomavirus (HPV).