48 MILLION SYRINGES TO BOOST COVID19 VACCINATION, WHO UGANDA AND GERMANY DONATED
By Goodluck Musinguzi
“This morning, on behalf of the COVID-19 National Task Force, I received 2,800 oxygen cylinders and 48M syringes from WHO Uganda and the Government of Germany to support the COVID-19 response. This will go a long way in boosting health service delivery in the country”, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng said
The Minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng has come out to assure Ugandans that the government and donors have supported the country to make sure people are safe from Covid19.
“We continue to urge the population to get vaccinated and get boosted against COVID-19. We have enough vaccines to cover the population. Personally, I have received 2 boosters and I am alive and well. Please get vaccinated against COVID-19 and protect yourself!”
World Leaders have committed to support low developing countries to achieve their covid19 vaccination needs.
The Secretary-General of Commonwealth countries called for urgent efforts to vaccinate 70 per cent of the population of each country reprising the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Secretariat and the World Health Organization (WHO).
WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, joined the meeting through a keynote address and called on governments to scale up the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, prioritise robust and sustainable financing for health, and reaffirm commitments to the Commonwealth goals – particularly on the elimination of malaria, trachoma, and cervical cancer.
WHO Uganda and the German Government have made a total investment valued at $688,800 for the cylinders and $2.8 million for the syringes.
The Ugandan Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, received the medical supplies at a ceremony held at the Ministry’s headquarters in Wandegeya.
“The syringes and cylinders we are receiving today will help build the capacity of the emergency and vaccination departments. I welcome the continued support of WHO and the German Government in strengthening our health system,” said Minister Aceng.
Speaking at the same function, the German Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Matthias Schauer, reaffirmed his government’s readiness to Uganda in addressing the health challenges facing the country.
“The syringes provided today are intended to ensure the continuation of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign and can be used to meet other vaccination needs as well. I am glad that Germany is enabling Uganda to accelerate its response to COVID-19. Global cooperation and solidarity will be our only chance to defeat the virus worldwide.”
The WHO Representative to Uganda, Dr. Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, explained that the oxygen cylinders donated will serve more than 850 patients each requiring 15 litres per minute of oxygen for 24 hours.
The delivery of this medical equipment follows previous contributions from the German Government since the onset of the pandemic. That included donations of more than 5 million vaccine doses, the support provided through WHO to strengthen the country’s response to COVID-19 case management, surveillance, and coordination, and to identify known and new variants of COVID-19 in Uganda.