BY INNOCENT ATUGANYIRA
FORT PORTAL: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2021
Dr Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, the King of Tooro Kingdom has asked his subjects to get vaccinated against the deadly coronavirus.
He made the call last week at the official launch of Ekyooto (evening fire) at Mpango (commemoration) of enthronement of the Tooro Kingdom at the Kingdom’s headquarters.
The cultural evening fire was supposed to be lit before the Mpango celebrations in August this year, however, due to lockdown, it was postponed.
According to the Omukama Oyo, Ekyooto is aimed at restoring the culture of Batooro where parents used to set fire and sit around it to tell important stories to the children.
He said the restoration of that cultural practice would draw people to appreciate the Batooro culture.
Dr Oyo urged his subjects to use the celebrations as an opportunity to get the valuable Covid-19 vaccine.
He said that all Batooro who are 18 years and above should go to the nearest health centre and get their jab.
The King also launched the distribution of 30 oxygen cylinders to the health centers in Tooro Kingdom.
The oxygen cylinders were donated by MTN Uganda (Limited) to boost the fight against coronavirus.
The minister of health of Tooro Kingdom, Dr Beyeza Abwooli, later disclosed that more than 400 people had received coronavirus vaccine at the official launch of Ekyooto Ha Mpango.
The health minister also asked people to turn up in big numbers for the vaccination exercise in the subsequent days since it’s the only way coronavirus can be kicked out of the country.
Dr Beyeza assured that Tooro Kingdom and the Ministry of Health are working hand-in-hand to ensure people are vaccinated against the deadly coronavirus.