The National Medical Stores (NMS) has dismissed reports of a looming shortage of Bacillus Calmette-Gueacuterin (BCG) vaccines, saying the stocks will last the country until February.
The vaccine provides immunity against tuberculosis. On November 14, ‘Baby Street-UG’ Facebook page, a resource dedicated to improving and promoting the health of women and their babies, claimed that hospitals were running out of the vaccine.
But Daniel Kimosho, the NMS publicist, appealed for calm, saying NMS expects a fresh consignment of vaccines in January to complement the stock that can last Uganda until next February.
“The shortage hiccups that are being experienced worldwide are due to problems with the vaccine supplier,” he told The Observer last week.
Sanofi Pasteur, the company that produces this vaccine, has been experiencing production delays, causing supply to fall behind schedule, according to information from the Philadelphia health department in the United States.
The director of Naguru hospital, Dr Edward Naddumba, and Sarah Mugisa, the deputy in-charge of immunisation at Hoima regional referral hospital, told The Observer that their facilities had enough BCG vaccine stock.
Source : The Observer