ADJUMANI. The medical team international (MTI) is set to implement a one-year core group polio project worth USD170million (about shs636billion) in the two refugee hosting districts of Adjumani and Obongi.
During an inception meeting held at the Adjumani district headquarters on Tuesday, Mr Christopher Nyoronga, the MTI programs manager Adjumani sub-office noted that their intervention is to support the government of Uganda since refugee health services in West Nile region are integrated into the national health service delivery framework.
Nyoronga said they will adopt key implementation strategies like establishing community-based surveillance activities for active case detection, reporting and community awareness, strengthening district immunization service delivery, effective partnership between government and NGO activities and also establish mechanisms for cross border collaboration with South Sudan border districts.
Mr Paul Olwenyi, the surveillance officer Adjumani, however, observed that although Uganda has been declared polio free, the intervention by MTI is still in line with the world health organization (WHO) guideline on global polio eradication program.
“This intervention will strengthen our continuing surveillance and reporting in the district,” Olwenyi stated
He said Adjumani district reported 13 cases of children between 1-15years of age who got paralyzed though none of them showed signs of polio.
Olwenyi also disclosed that the 13 cases were spread across the district including refugees and host communities.
He said the data obtained from WHO indicates that worldwide, the countries that have more polio cases are Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Mr Peter Taban Data, the Adjumani resident district commissioner (RDC) commended MTI for being accountable by attracting more funding to continue supporting service delivery in the district. He appealed to other partners to emulate and learn from MTI.
Data also urged partners operating in Adjumani district to work as a team especially during health service delivery.
This is after he noted that most of the implementing partners draw their own interventions without seeking for guidance from the district.