Hundreds turnup for COVID-19 vaccination in Kabale

By APN Reporter

Hundreds of teachers in Kabale district on Wednesday 01st September
2021, thronged vaccination centers to get their Covid-19 jabs, after
the exercise kicked off in the district, as members of the district.

The covid-19 task force retaliated the call by the ministry of education
and sports that teachers, who will not be vaccinated will not be
allowed in schools.

The government has ring-fenced 300,000 doses of Chinese-made Sinovac
vaccines to inoculate teachers. Kabale district received 1744 doses of
Sinovac 1896 doses of AstraZeneca and vaccines, on Monday this week,
from the National Medical stores-NMS, ahead of the vaccination
exercise in which they are targeting over 2000 teachers in addition to
non-teaching staff and other groups of people at the risk of
contracting Covid-19
Speaking during a meeting of headteachers of government-aided primary
and secondary schools and directors of Private schools in Kabale
district Administration-KDA today at National teachers College-NTC
the main hall, the Acting Kabale District Education officer, Moses Bwengye
Tumwijukye implored all the heads of schools to rally their teacher
to embrace the exercise, saying that schools in the district, will
only be allowed to open when at least 85 percent of the 2000 teachers
in the district, are vaccinated.

Bwengye adds that as the government looks at the reopening of schools, priority
will be given to P1. P2, P3, and senior one and two. According to
records from the Kabale district health office, only 400 teachers,
have been vaccinated.

The Acting Kabale district Health officer-DHO, Alfred Besigensi, said
that said that all headteacher, whose schools, will register Covid-19
cases, as a result of the disregard of Standard operating procedures-SOPs,
will be tasked to explain.

He added that the ministry approved Rubaya
primary school and Kahondo secondary school in Ndorwa West and Ndorwa
east respectively as additional vaccination centers for teachers in
areas that are far from health center IVs and IIIs, where the vaccination
exercise has been taking place.

According to Besigensi, there are still 107 active Covid cases in the
district, of which 44 are admitted in hospitals, while 63 are under
Home-based care management.

The assistant DHO in charge of the child and maternal health, Paddy
Mwesigye said that Sinovac vaccines are recommended for those all
people, who have not received their first jab.

He added that they had
received information that some teachers have started procuring
Covid-19 vaccination cards, without first taking the jab, warning that
such will be embarrassed if their names and NIN numbers are not
reflected in the national database.

The Kabale district principal secretary, James Mugisha, who
represented the district Chief Administrative officer, Edmond Ntimba,
likened the current fight against Covid-19 with armed war, which needs
concerted efforts. He called for cooperation from the teachers so that
government planned reopening of educational institutions can be