Coronavirus Vaccination Exercise To Resume In Kasese District

AstraZeneca vaccines are a cornerstone of Uganda’s inoculation strategy

BY ALEX BALUKU

KASESE: Thursday, August 12, 2021

Kasese district is set to resume Vaccination program as soon as it receives more Covid-19 Vaccine from the health ministry this week.

Uganda on July 31, received 586,080 doses of Covid-19 vaccines as donations to support the vaccination program and has since started disbursement of the vaccines to different health facilities across the country.

Shortly after receiving the donation, Dr. Ruth Aceng, the Minister for Health, revealed that of the received doses, 286,080 were AstraZeneca donated by the government of Norway and 300,000 of the Sinovac vaccines from the people’s Republic of China. The Ministry has since started distributing the donation to different Cities and districts across the country.

A total of more than 600 Ugandans are still battling the virus and admitted in different health facilities and 1,143,763 people have been vaccinated.

Dr. Yusuf Baseke, the Kasese district health officer, said the district is set to receive her share this week and after the arrival of the vaccine they will immediately resume the inoculation.

Dr. Baseke added that they will prioritize those who received the first jab and other high risk categories including teachers, health workers and those with underlining conditions.

In Kasese district, 3,000 people have received their first jab and some of them the second. The district has over 1,000 cumulative positive cases, 8,000 recoveries and more than 20 deaths.

Dr. Baseke advised the people to continue observing the preventive measures until the country is declared free from the Pandemic.

He said that some people in the district after the lock-down was eased, have started violating the health ministry’s guidelines set to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus.

On July 31, President Yoweri Museveni lifted the lock-down in which public transport was allowed to operate and arcades allowed to reopen but under strict adherence to the standard operating procedures.

In his address, the president noted that the lock-down had been of great help, leading to a reduction in daily confirmed cases from 1,735 to an average of 71 per day whereas the positivity rate had also gone down from 22% to only 8%.

The President said that if the preventive measures are taken serious the country may avoid the third wave.

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