BY ROMEO OKOT LIL
GULU: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2021
The health minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, has launched a mass vaccination campaign against Covid-19 in Acholi sub-region.
She waved off the process from Gulu regional referral hospital and tasked the medical officers to ensure that the whole region was covered.
Dr Aceng appealed to the public to embrace vaccination saying it is effective in preventing the spread of covid-19 and will allow safe opening of schools next year.
The minister expressed concern that Acholi and Busoga were the two regions ignoring vaccination yet vaccines are now available.
She tasked all the teachers and health workers who have not vaccinated to go and vaccinate before January if they do not want to be barred from entering the school compound.
“I am appealing to the public to desist from misinformation on vaccines. These vaccines have been scientifically proved, they cause no harm to our life,” she said.
Dr James Elima, the Gulu hospital director disclosed that a total of 116,000 people have so far been tested for Covid-19 from Acholi out of which 8,918 were found positive.
He said 1,325 were admitted in the Covid-19 Treatment Unit at the health facility and currently, there are 12 critical cases that are on oxygen.
Dr Elima told Dr Aceng that Gulu’s Covid-19 positivity rate was 7.6% which is higher than the national average positivity rate.
Beside Gulu, the other hotspot districts in the region are Kitgum and Nowya districts.
Christine Olok, deputy mayor Gulu city commended the ministry of health for timely intervention with mass vaccination, saying that it will halt the spread of Covid-19 and bring down positivity rates.