BY CHRIS FRANK
KIBAALE: MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 2021
Kibaale district has planned to create a special budget a special budget for the health department to undertake disease prevention and sensitization during the 2021/2022 Financial Year.
Dorothy Ajwang, the Chief Administrative Officer said a special budget would allow the health department to fulfill its mandate including conducting community mobilization against the Covid-19 pandemic.
She made the remarks during the launch of the vaccination exercise at Kibaale Health Center IV.
Dorothy urged all stakeholders to avoid laxity as it will create more room for Covid-19 to cause harm, stressing that as leaders they ought to protect their communities by coming up with strategies that will help mitigate and avoid fresh outbreak.
Godfrey Timbihulira, the District Health Officer said that slightly over 1,000 people will receive the vaccine since only 2,800 doses were received from the Ministry of Health.
He maintained that first priority goes to the health workers, then the elderly and those with other serious health complications.
He stated that the district will have four vaccination stations that include Mugarama HC III, Maisuuka HC III, Kyebando HC III and Kibaale HC IV.
To be vaccinate, one needs to go with a National ID, Passport or a driving or work permit and the shot is given on voluntary consent.
With 40,607 cases of Covid-19 and 334 deaths in Kibaale, Dr. Dorothy Byaruhanga from World Health Organization-Albertine Region urged the population to embrace the exercise.
Meanwhile Peter Amara, the District Chairperson, cautioned the residents to be on the alert asserting that Covid-19 is still prevalent and appealed for strict observance of Standard Operating Procedures.
“With no recent deaths registered in Kibaale district we are proud and we must keep holding onto our principles and positive attitude as we take the fight forward” asserted Carol Kashaija, the Deputy Resident District Commissioner.
She said that the district has the tools and manpower in place to begin the vaccination and asked the public to use the demarcated vaccination areas.
Kashaija further tasked the health workers to help demystify the myth surrounding the vaccine and mobilize the community to accept the inoculation.