Ministry Of Health Asks Parliament To Support Roll Out Of Malaria Vaccine
By AFAYO SHADRACH BETHEL
The Minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has asked Members of Parliament to support efforts by the government to roll out the world’s first malaria vaccine in 2023.
The RTS malaria vaccine, the result of 35 years of research and development, is the first-ever vaccine against a parasitic disease.
It was launched in a 2019 pilot programme, coordinated by the World Health Organisation-WHO in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi where it was found to be about 50 per cent effective in protecting against Malaria, one of the biggest killers of children under five.
Aceng said that the vaccine that the government wants to introduce in 2023 is highly required in Uganda, given the many regions that are experi