Ministry of Health cautions citizens against con men

The Ministry of health through its spokesperson has communicated to the society to disregard the viral social media employment posts. Certain individuals have made it a job to corn people of their money claiming that they will get jobs in the ministry.

To affirm it’s stand, Hon Jane Aceng, the Minister of Health has taken to her Facebook page to alert people that fraudsters are everywhere and should be careful.
“The ministry of Health is not recruiting “Polio vaccination volunteers “” reads part of the post.

Facebook page post

This has come as a result of the ministry of Health on embarking on its goals before 2020. Some of these include; Ensuring that all children born in Uganda attain a polio vaccine. Polio affects the nerves in the brain or spinal cord, causing paralysis of muscles that control swallowing and breathing, hence a child gets difficulty in breathing. The limbs and legs become paralyzed leading to permanent disability.

The Polio virus (scientifically known as the Wild Polio Virus — WPV) enters the body through the mouth, in water or food that has been contaminated with fecal material from an infected person. The virus multiplies in the intestines and is excreted by the infected person in feces, with poor sanitation, the virus is then passed on to others.

Boy receiving Polio vaccine

Who is at risk of catching Polio?

Polio mainly affects unimmunised children under 5 years of age, but may also affect adults.

What are the effects of Polio?
The effects of Polio are:

• Permanent paralysis usually in the legs or arms.
• Among those paralyzed, one out of ten die when their breathing muscles stop working because of the Polio virus.

Is there a cure for Polio?

No, there is no cure for Polio. Polio can only be prevented by immunisation with a safe and effective vaccine. The Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) is the only way to ensure that your children are protected against Polio. It is recommended that all children complete routine immunisation doses before the age of 1 year and take supplementary doses every time they are offered in a campaign.

What is the target for mass Polio immunisation?

The mass Polio immunisation is targeting all children below 5 years of age. This mass Polio immunisation is supplementary and is not replacing routine immunization.

What will be given to the children during the house to house exercise?

Polio vaccine drops will be given in the mouth to all children below 5 years of age.

Why are children given Polio vaccine?

The Polio vaccine is the only way of ensuring that your children are protected against Polio. There is no cure for Polio. It is essential that every child below 5 years of age in Uganda is immunized against Polio.

Does the Oral Polio Vaccine have any side effects?

The Oral Polio Vaccine is one of the safest vaccines ever developed. It has been used all over the world to protect children against Polio, saving at least 5 million children from permanent paralysis by Polio.

Is the Oral Polio Vaccine safe for new born babies and sick children?

Yes. The Oral Polio Vaccine is safe to be given to new born babies and sick children. It is important that new born babies and sick children are also immunised during the house to house campaign because their immunity levels are lower than other healthy children’s.

Newborn baby receives polio drops during an immunisation session at Kitgum hospital

Where will mass Polio immunisation take place?

The mass Polio immunisation will take place in your home. This is a house to house exercise in all homes, in your district. All children below 5 years of age must be kept at home on designated dates of immunization to receive polio doses.

The high rate of unemployment in Uganda has greatly sparked off the high criminal rate in the country. Many have resorted to job creation while others are “job connectors”. These job connectors act as middle men between the employer and the interested employee to be. These “job connectors” ask for money not below 50,000shs – yet many of them are cone men.

Unemployment Rate in Uganda increased to 2.10 percent in 2017 from 2 percent in 2016. Unemployment Rate in Uganda averaged 2.38 percent from 1991 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 3.50 percent in 2002 and a record low of 0.94 percent in 1991. Youth unemployment remains a serious policy challenge in many sub-Saharan African countries, including Uganda. In 2013, youth (aged 15 to 24) in sub-Saharan Africa were twice likely to be unemployed compared to any other age cohort. For Uganda, in 2012, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics revealed that the share of unemployed youth (national definition, 18-30 years) among the total unemployed persons in the country was 64 percent.

Given the rapid growth of the Ugandan population—three-quarters of the population are below the age of 30 years—coupled with the fact that the youth are getting better educated through higher access to primary and secondary education, a stronger focus on job creation for this cohort of people cannot be overemphasized.

Causes of youth unemployment are believed to be multifaceted, ranging from an inadequate investment/supply side of jobs, insufficient employable skills (i.e., youth possess skills that are not compatible with available jobs) and high rates of labor force growth at 4.7 percent per annum.

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  1. These con men are the same people who work in those offices.

  2. This is all brought by unemployment and greed. However everyone has to be on stand.

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