Kabale District to Hold Outreaches aimed at vaccinating the Elderly

By Naboth Isaac Niwagaba


The Kabale District Health Department is planning to carry out Integrated parish outreaches for the elderly who are unable to walk to the Covid 19 Vaccination centers.

This was on Tuesday revealed by the Health Sub-district in charge of Ndorwa West Arinaitwe Edward. 
While addressing a monitoring team from the Ministry of Health and the Unicef at Butanda Health Center III today, Mr. Arinaitwe said Kabale District being a hilly area, they were planning to carry out Integrated health outreaches for geographically disadvantaged people especially the elderly who are unable to walk to health centers. 

The government recently enrolled Covid 19 Vaccination to all facilities at the level of  Health Centre III. Initially, it was only done at Hospitals and health facilities at the level of Health Center IV.

The Ministry of Health Spokesperson Emmanuel Ainebyona said they had decided to increase the number of  Vaccination centers following the low turn-up for the targeted groups to benefit from the first batch of Covid 19 vaccines. He said geographical hindrances were among the raised challenges from the targeted beneficiaries. 

Gideon Ahereza, the In-charge of Butanda Health Centre III told apearlnews.com that they had received 300 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and by Tuesday 27th,  about 100 people had been vaccinated. He said people had initially hesitated to go for Vaccination because they had received misleading information about the vaccines, while others complained about distance from their homes to the Vaccination centers.  

Catherine Ntabadde, the Unicef  Communications specialist said they were partnering with the Ministry of health to facilitate transportation of the vaccines from the National Medical stores to the Districts and down to the lower health units.