Rwandans should take yellow fever vaccination

Editor, I have been reading stories about yellow fever outbreak in the region through some media organs.  However, though no signs of this fever have been detected in our country yet, Rwandans should prepare themselves before the virus sets foot.

Editor,

I have been reading stories about yellow fever outbreak in the region through some media organs.  However, though no signs of this fever have been detected in our country yet, Rwandans should prepare themselves before the virus sets foot.

The only way to guard against this fever and stay protected is by taking your immunization against the disease.

This vaccination is a single dose that keeps one protected for his/her entire life. I took one last week before visiting one of the affected countries and it cost me only Rwf 2000.

Interestingly, it takes less than five minutes to receive this vaccine, administered by the Expanded Program on Immunization by the Ministry of Health.  

Given this outbreak in neighbouring countries, I strongly urge Rwandans who want to travel out of the country to receive vaccination of this fever before they travel. I am also emphasizing this vaccination partly because a group of friends were almost denied entry into an Asian country recently simply because they lacked their yellow fever cards.

So, why should you be inconvenienced and face possibilities of being denied entry into a country and yet the vaccination is readily available here? It’s for your own safety, especially if you are to travel out of the country!
 
Cyprien Karurangwa

mahenefile@gmail.com

 

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