Mbarara Hospital Halts Covid-19 Vaccination Due To Lack Of Refrigerator

Dr Celestine Barigye, Mbarara hospital director

AGGREY TWESIGYE

MBARARA: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 05, 2021

The Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital has halted vaccination against Ccovid-19 due to lack of a refrigerator to store the Pfizer vaccines it had ordered from the National Medical Stores (NMS).

Dr Celestine Barigye, the hospital director said in a press briefing that they had come to realise that the weather conditions in Mbarara district were not suitable to ensure the safety of Pfizer vaccines.

This is unlike in Kampala and Wakiso district where health facilities have adequate fridges to ensure the safety of these vaccines.

Barigye underlined that vaccination using Pfizer would remain suspended until the Ministry of Health procures fridges.

He disclosed that Mbarara hospital had AstraZeneca vaccines in the first and the second batch for vaccinating 6,000 people.

But when United States donated Pfizer vaccines, the authorities went for them only to realise that the vaccines need super-cold conditions for storage.

Dr Barigye said that the hospital has cumulatively managed 1,417 covid-19 cases ever since the facility received its first patient on May 17, 2020. It has discharged 425 people and lost 202 to covid-19

He said that apparently the hospital has five covid-19 patients admitted in the isolation unit while the medics are also monitoring 16 people who are isolated in the homes.

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