Minister Bahati rallies VHT’S to champion COVID-19 vaccination

By Sophan Niwamanya

The State Minister of trade industry and cooperatives Hon David Bahati has rallied local Council One Chairperson and village health teams to spearhead covid-19 vaccination campaigns in their areas.

Minister Bahati noted that the government has done its part of ensuring that vaccinations such AstraZeneca, Johnson and Johnson, Mordana, among others are available so it’s now the turn for the people to embrace it and get vaccinated as the economy reopens officially after two years of lockdown.

This was in his message while speaking tonight over the radios in Kabale in which he clarified that over 100000 people in Kabale have already been vaccinated and 27000 have not yet been vaccinated. He added that local council one chairperson should be their core role these days to mobilize their residents who have not yet been vaccinated to receive the jabs.

He said lcs are the ones who are able to identify those people who have not yet been vaccinated in their villages, and they need to mobilize them so that they get vaccinated.

He called upon parents to take back their children at schools and ensure that they are given basic necessities back to school as it is advised by the ministry of health and the ministry of Education and sports. He said that those who are not vaccinated will be able to report to school but they will also be vaccinated.

Hon Bahati asked headteachers to ensure that Learners are the first priority to prepare them for the academic year. He added that teachers should follow guidelines of the ministry of education and sports with fees dues.

Moses Bwengye, the Kabale district acting Education Officer revealed that teachers have since been thoroughly briefed on how to handle students with care, especially those who are pregnant and teenage mothers.

He noted that 97% of teachers in the Kabale district have already been vaccinated meaning that those who are not yet vaccinated will not be allowed to report in their respective schools.

Alfred Besigensi, the Kabale district acting Health officer said that those who received the first jab of COVID 19 should visit their neighboring health services to receive the second jab. He said over 130 people in Kabale have died of COVID-19.