Kigezi rolls out Covid-19 mass vaccination campaign

By Alex Byakatonda

Over 450 people in Kabale district, on Thursday, turned up for the
launch of the accelerated Covid-19 mass vaccination campaign for
Kigezi region.

The 7-day vaccination campaign is targeting to inoculate all people
aged 18 years in the six districts of the Kigezi Sub-region including
Kabale, Rukungiri, Rubanda, Rukiga, Kisoro and Kanungu districts.

The campaign that was launched by the state minister of health for general
duties, Anifa Bangirana Kawooya, in Kabale municipal stadium, saw the
Kabale district speaker, Flavia Nyinakiiza Kanagizi and the chief
administrative officer, Edmond Ntimba, take the lead.

Minister Kawooya, implored the public to seriously embrace the
vaccination campaign to enable the government to fully open up the
economy. She, however, expressed worry over the recurrent increase in
Covid-19 cases in Kabale district, calling on residents in the
district to adhere to standard operating procedures in order to stop
the surge in the cases.

The director-general of clinical services in the ministry of health,
Dr. Charles Olero said that the government is targeting to vaccinate
over 22 million people by the end of 2022. He added that in order to
achieve their targeted goal during this accelerated vaccination
campaign and for easy accessibility, vaccines will be taken to the
nearest public places like churches, mosques, and markets among others.

In a message read for him by the Kabale resident district
commissioner, Godfrey Nyakahuma, the state minister of trade,
cooperative and industry, David Bahati, implored civil and church
leaders to join the mobilization campaign to help ensure that nobody
is left behind.

The Kabale district LCV Chairperson, Nelson Nshangabasheija, hailed
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, for taking a lead role in the fight
against the pandemic. He also commended the cordial working
relationship that exists between the political and technical wings of
the district, which has enabled them to put a spirited fight against
the virus.