Uganda Government Gazette supplement number 3 dated 2014-04-11 number 20

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BILLS
SUPPLEMENT No. 3 11th April, 2014.
BILLS SUPPLEMENT
to the Uganda Gazette No. 20 Volume CVll dated 11 th April, 2014.
Printed by UPPC. Entebbe by Order of the Government.

Bill No. 3 Immunisation Bill 2014

THE IMMUNISATION BILL, 2014

MEMORANDUM

1. Object of the Bill.
The object of the bill is to reduce morbidity, mortality and disability
due to life threatening infections in children, women of reproductive
age and other target groups and to strengthen public health through
improved access to immunisation services.

2. Defects in the existing law.
The existing laws on immunisation are inadequate and scattered in
various Acts and subsidiary legislations. Most provisions on
immunisation of children and women of reproductive age against
common immunisable diseases apply to particular districts. The laws
include: the Public Health Act, Cap. 281; the Local Governments Act,
Cap. 243; the Public Health (Control of Yellow Fever) Rules S.I. 281-
24; the Local Governments (Nebbi District) (Protection of Health)
Byelaws S.I. 243-61; the Local Governments (Bushenyi District)
(Miscellaneous) Byelaws S.I. 243-67; and the Local Governments
(Bundibugyo District) (Miscellaneous) Byelaws S.I. 243-68. The
inadequacy and multiplicity of laws necessitate the need to have a
comprehensive and harmonized legislation on immunisation.

The existing legislation on immunisation contains some provisions
that do not reflect the current developments in the area of public
health. The diseases covered under the Public Health Act, Cap. 281
for example, include smallpox, plague, Asiatic cholera, yellow fever,