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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni speaks at the 69th United Nations General Assembly at United Nations Headquarters on September 24, 2014 in New York City. The annual event brings political leaders from around the globe together to report on issues meet and look for solutions. This year's General Assembly has highlighted the problem of global warming and how countries need to strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

President of Uganda – Yoweri Museveni

Ugandan government has warned that parents who failed to take their children for compulsory vaccinations would be prosecuted.

A statement released on Monday in Kampala said that under a new immunization law, signed by President Yoweri Museveni, parents or people preventing vaccinations could face fines of 63 dollars or six months in jail.

It said that the country was embarking on a mass immunization campaign against diseases, including measles, tetanus, hepatitis B, polio, diphtheria, yellow fever and whooping cough.

The statement said that the campaign targeted children below the age of five as well as some other groups such as young girls being vaccinated against cervical cancer and young mothers.

Andrew Bakainaga, Immunization Advisor with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Kampala, disclosed that more than 90 per cent of those targeted had already been vaccinated, adding, however, that in some districts, the vaccination coverage “is very low’’.

“If one parent refuses to immunize, hundreds will be infected,” he said.

Bakainaga warned that children who had not been vaccinated could be barred from primary school.

Police spokesman, Patrick Onyango, said that police were apprehending religious sect leaders and other people opposing vaccinations.

Many Ugandans welcome the free vaccines, though some criticize the government’s coercive methods.

Livingstone Sewanyana from the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative said that for any legislation, there was need to strike a balance between rights and duty.

According to him, it is important to ensure the health of the children; however, government should use persuasion method and avoid the use of force. (dpa/NAN)

Photo Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

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4 Comments

  1. No

    April 4, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    So you were bribed by western pharmaceutical companies that are in dear need of guinea pig for the new drugs that they have just invented and need to experiment. It is outrageous that this President takes himself for God and want to make vaccination compulsory considering that everyone is born free and should be free to do whatever one wants with his body as long as it does not threaten the freedom of others. God should punish imbecile leaders like you, go to hell!

    • No

      April 4, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      In some village, in Africa, polio vaccination was made compulsory and the recipient ended up with deformity and some even lost their lives. Stupid “yeye africans” can never say no to experimentation.

    • hezekina pollutina

      April 4, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      Preach! Don’t mind them! Run people! President Whoever, u are a SLAVE!

  2. hezekina pollutina

    April 4, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Afterwards Oyinbo go say that Black Man was complicit. Mtscheww! Ugandans better chase this man out!

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