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The Health ministry intends to start vaccinating children against malaria late this year.

Dr Michael Baganizi, the head of immunisation programme at the health ministry, revealed that Uganda has planned to begin malaria vaccinations in October explaining that it is four doses at six, seven, eight and 18 months.

He was commenting on the move by Cameroon to start administering the RTS,S malaria vaccine as part of its routine national immunisation services.

The start of the exercise on Monday in Cameroon, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a statement the same day, makes the country the first to do so outside the malaria vaccine pilot programme that was carried out in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi.

Dr Phanuel Habimana, WHO representative in Cameroon, said in the statement that the launch of the malaria vaccine marks a significant step in the prevention and control of the disease, especially in protecting children against severe disease and death.”

Dr Catherine Maiteki, the deputy manager for the Malaria Control Programme in the ministry also said last year that their request for RTS,S malaria vaccines had been approved by GAVI ahead of the planned rollout this year.

She said a total of one million doses of RTS,S would be funded by GAVI for the country’s first round of malaria vaccination.

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