BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU
ARUA: MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 2021
The inoculation against Covid-19 is underway in both Arua City and Arua district following the supply of 3,840 doses of the AstraZeneca and 5,341 doses of the Sinovac vaccines.
The consignment from the Ministry of Health arrived at the main medicine store at the district headquarters on Friday, health officials have confirmed.
Dr. Paul Bishop Drileba, the Arua district health officer, said the AstraZeneca will get administered to clients getting their second dose while those going for their first shot will receive Sinovac.
“The principle is when you receive one dose, you should complete it. We had been receiving AstraZeneca but the government has now introduced a second vaccine, Sinovac,” he explained.
“The two vaccines do not cross. If you had first dose of AstraZeneca, do not go for Sinovac,” Dr. Drileba added.
He elaborated that the priority target groups for vaccination still remain the health workers, uniformed forces, the elderly people from 50 years and above, those from 18 years and above who have co-morbidities and students who are reporting back to the institutions and teachers.
Whereas vaccination is underway at all the health centre IIIs, Health centre IVs, Kuluva hospital and Arua Regional Referral Hospital, Arua district in particular has designated Awika primary school in Arivu sub-county and Cieba primary school in Logiri sub-county as vaccination centres for teachers.
“People should go for vaccination at these locations or ask anybody where vaccination is taking place, or else, we shall have another wave of Covid-19 and another lockdown,” he said.
Arua district still continue to detect new cases at the testing centres and Kuluva hospital but Dr. Drileba expressed concern that more positive cases were being detected from among the community at an alarming rate.
The DHO’s records indicate that on August 26, rapid response teams tested seven samples of which two returned positive results and a total of 71 contacts were followed up.
The district has cumulatively registered 169 Covid-19 cases of which there are 17 active cases at Kuluva hospital and 111 cases being managed under the home based care system.
So far, the district has registered 46 recoveries and 11 Covid-19 deaths, excluding four people from Arua district who died at Arua regional referral hospital in Arua City last week.