27 April 2016

Uganda: Hundreds Stuck At Busia Over Yellow Fever

The population of stranded travellers without yellow fever vaccination certificates continues to soar at the Busia border post in eastern Uganda as Kenyan and Uganda authorities continue to turn away people without proof of vaccination.

Scores have been reportedly camped at the immigration office on the Ugandan and Kenyan side for the last one week waiting to be vaccinated.

Dr Maurice Siminyu, the Busia county executive in charge of health and sanitation, said the Kenyan government had dispatched 2,000 doses of yellow fever vaccines from Nairobi to Busia border to help address the crisis.

However, he added that even after vaccination, travellers have to wait for up to 10 days before they are allowed to cross the border. Ten days is the grace period for the body to develop immunity against yellow fever.

Dr Jane Aceng, the director general of Health Services, has since rushed to the Busia border post. She has held meetings with immigration officials from both countries.

She said government is set to roll out mass yellow fever vaccinations in areas where the outbreak has been confirmed.



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