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NABILATUK LAUNCHES MASS COVID-19 VACCINATION

BY TIMOTHY EODU

NABILATUK: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2022

Nabilatuk district on Friday launched an accelerated mass Covid-19 vaccination campaign to boost the vaccine uptake of its population.

The launch was presided over by the Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Milton Odongo and witnessed by district officials and members of the community.

The RDC rallied those in attendance to support the vaccination against Covid-19 as Nabilatuk aims to bring Coronavirus under control the way it has done to HIV/AIDS where prevalence at 0.2 is the lowest in Uganda.

According to the District Health officer Dr Peter Lokwang, the district is expecting to cover over 80% of its population in the first four days such that in the remaining three, the vaccination team can mop up the remaining pockets.

The district has prepared a contingent of 30 teams comprising 10 mobilizers in their ranks to take the vaccine campaign to all of its corners.

Lokwang however stressed that they are challenged by the pastoralists who have moved to the Teso border area yet the teams deployed at the Kraals have to foot, something he said is straining health workers.

He called for backup from nongovernmental organizations in the area to join hands and facilitate the mobility of health workers to distant kraals.

Joseph Ichumar, a of the Nabilatuk Town Council residents, who took his Johnson & Johnson jab at the launch event said it was difficult for them to access vaccination centres due to long queues and few vaccination points.

He is optimistic that many of his colleagues will also take the opportunity of this mass campaign to get vaccinated.

The Nabilatuk RDC Odongo remarked that they have mobilized the teachers, students above 18 years and the support staff in all government departments to cooperate with health workers in the vaccination exercise.

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