In Uganda, meningitis is eliminated virtually. This is very good news for a third world country like Uganda where diseases like meningitis pose a big danger to a child. Elimination of meningitis took around five years after vaccination programs were introduced in the country.
Similarly other third world countries also have a variety of vaccination programs.
A bacterium, which can affect lining of the brain, can be now counter attacked with a vaccine, known as Hib. This bacterium could also cause pneumonia. This vaccine protects from haemophilus influenza, type B that kills nearly three to four hundred thousand children worldwide. There are more cases with severe side effects that affect the ears, leads to paralysis or retardation etc. Previously this vaccine was rare in this part of world, although it existed from 1991.
Elimination of smallpox is one of the greatest achievement and very significant of all. But in spite of this success, there were nations where immunization rate dropped. More over, Hepatitis B vaccinations as well as pneumonia vaccines were not included in the plans to immunize the people of third world.
Vaccinating the children is done with a good intention no matter where they belong. It is a way to bring up the developing nations and narrow the gap of developed and developing nations. Although there have been problems earlier with immunizations, the complaints so far are not alarming enough, which is a good sign. Whatever is at the stake, the purpose has to be served. Despite all the attempts, the gap seems to be growing between the nations of poor and rich. It is this disparity that causes tension as it was in the year 1999.
So public health centers are trying their best to narrow down the gap with the basics.
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