Covid-19: Kasese District Vaccinates 24,500 Residents

BY ALEX BALUKU

KASESE: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 07, 2021

The Kasese district has vaccinated 24,553 of its priority population against Covid-19 pandemic.

This is according to statistics from the district health department as of Ocbober 7, 2021.

However only 8,761 people have fully taken their two doses of vaccination, Dr Yusuf Baseke, the district health officer has said.

He said of the 15, 792 people who have taken in their first Covid-19 jab, only 4,014 are teachers.

This represents about 40% of the over 10,000 teachers targeted for vaccination in Kasese district.

Dr. Baseke said that the data was collected from all the 46 Covid-19 vaccination centers across the district.

The teachers are from both the private and government aided learning institutions in all sub-counties of Kasese district.

The other categories of people being vaccinated are the elderly persons, health workers, armed forces personnel and others with comorbidity like HIV/AID, diabetes and hypertension.

Samuel Muhindo Kabinga, the surveillance focal person in Kasese district, explained that the covid-19 rate in the Kasese is reducing despite some sub counties including Maliba, Kilembe, Karusandara and Mbunga having registered new cases.

Kabinga disclosed that they are currently having 18 patients under the home based care of which eight were infections recorded during last week. These are from the areas of Isule, Kilembe, and Kanamba among others.

Kabinge attributed the increasing cases in these areas to the residents’ carelessness to the observance of Covid-19 guidelines.

Lt. Joe Walusimbi, the Kasese Resident District Commissioner who doubles as the district Covid-19 task-force chairperson, encouraged the public to continue observing standard operating procedures in the churches, at burials and wedding ceremonies so as to reduce the infections.

He also emphasized the need for continuous sensitisation of the masses on how to keep themselves free of Covid-19.

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