Parliament has passed the Immunisation Bill, 2014 that seeks to reduce morbidity, mortality and disability due to life threatening and preventable infections in children and women of reproductive age. The Private Member’s Bill was moved by Yumbe District Woman Representative Huda Oleru in 2014.
Presenting the report of the Health Committee on the Bill, the Chairperson and Mbarara Municipality MP Medard Bitekyerezo said that the existing laws on immunisation are inadequate and are scattered in various Acts and subsidiary legislations. The committee recommended that there should be compulsory immunisation as it was noted that some parents are reluctant to take their children for the exercise, noting that government should provide the vaccines in a timely manner and ensure that they are safe and efficacious.
The Bill also seeks to provide for new vaccines that have been approved; the vaccines include the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine, Human Papilloma Virus and the Rota Virus.