Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

6 January 2013

Tanzania: Kagera Vaccinates Children

A TOTAL of 109,407 children aged below the age of five years in Kagera Region will be vaccinated against Rotavirus diarhoea and Pneumonia, the Acting Kagera Regional Medical Officer (RMO), Dr Salum Sufian disclosed.

He noted that a total of 29,492 children will be vaccinated in Karagwe District - 22,677 in Muleba District - while 15,683 children will get PCV 13 jabs in Ngara District. Other districts include Bukoba Rural (13,696), Biharamulo (12,677), Misenyi (8,915) and Bukoba Municipal ( 6,131).

According to Dr Sufian, between 30-50 per cent of preventable diseases recorded during 2008 were due to diarhoea. The disease is contracted by under the age of five through contaminated water and food.

A total of 302 children under the age of five years were admitted to various hospitals and health centres in Kagera Region during 2010 and as a result of malaria, out of 17,725 children were admitted.

Dr Sufian further said a total of 272 children died of severe malaria while 30 others died of uncomplicated malaria. Karagwe District recorded the highest number with 85 deaths out of 5,091 children who were admitted as in-patients.

Biharamulo District recorded 53 deaths out of 608 under five children, Misenyi District recorded 33 deaths out of 2,853 under five inpatients, while Bukoba Municipality recorded 56 deaths out of 2,853 children who were admitted.

Chato District recorded 51 deaths out of 495 children aged below five years who were admitted, while Bukoba Rural recorded 24 deaths out of 3,533 children who were admitted. A total of 242 out-patients aged above five years out of 17,506 patients also died as a result of malaria.

Dr Sufian further revealed that a total of 214 children aged below the age five years out of 6,171 who were admitted to various hospitals and health centres in Kagera region during 2010 died as a result of pneumonia.

Bukoba district recorded the highest number with 99 deaths out of 1,717 admissions, followed by Karagwe District which recorded 71 deaths out of 2,037 admissions. Bukoba Municipality recorded 24 deaths out of 353 admissions, while Chato district recorded 20 deaths out of 192 admissions.

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