Gerald Niyirinda and Alex Gahima
Kisoro residents have responded positively to the call by local leaders to participate in a week long Mass Covid -19 Vaccination campaign that started on 23rd of September 2021 and is expected to end on December 2nd 2021.
The campaign comes days after Kisoro Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Rtd. Captain Peter Mugisha announced over the radio that, come January 2022, Government will no longer be in position to provide free Covid-19 Vaccine Jabs to the public.
According to Peter Mugisha, People who do not participate in this campaign will have to pay for every Covid Jab, moving forward.
The Statement that was first pronounced by President Museveni was further amplified by the Kisoro RDC.
At the time of publishing this story, Voice of Muhabura had not been able to verify these claims.
However, Assistant District Health Officer (ADHO) In charge of Immunization Annet Dusabe also confirmed the Information.
According to Dusabe, the launch on Wednesday this week was so encouraging because over 300 people got their first Covid Jab of Moderna Vaccine.
Dusabe says, the district intends to vaccine up to 155,000 people in a space of one week.
“We confident that we shall achieve 100% because the public has responded positively and people are turning up in large numbers, Dusabe said.
Moderna Vaccine with a 90% efficacy is the vaccine being administered to the general population, according Annet Dusabe.
In-Charge Rubuguri HCIV Emmanuel Mfitundinda says Kirundo Sub County and Rubuguri town council are being covered by a 32 man team in 8 vaccination sites.
Mfitundinda says the public has responded positively because Moderna Vaccine can be administered to pregnant women too.
He notes that for the 8 sites, the target number for the week long campaign is 300 people per site.
He further warns people who come offering money for a Covid-19 Client Vaccination Card because it is illegal and very unethical.
Kisoro Hospital In charge of Immunization Sr. Grace Kyoheirwe says people have really turned up adding that by the second day of the mass Vaccination campaign, the hospital had vaccinated 1,430 people.
Kyoheirwe says the hospital hopes to have vaccinated 3,570 people by the end of the campaign.
“We were really overwhelmed on the first and second day, but we are encouraged because the population, both men and women are coming for the vaccine, Kyoheirwe explained.
Busanza HCIV Senior Nursing Officer (SNO) Agnes Ayinkamiye says the turn up has been encouraging because the first day had 105 people inoculated.
Ayinkamiye says the sites working to vaccinate the public include Busanza HCIV, Busanza trading center, Rugabano in Buhozi parish, Mupaka and Gatacha bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo.
She further notes that in Rugabano where she is working, someone passed away due to Aspiration pneumonia and yet they had been vaccinated three weeks back.
“This really scared the people away because they believe the vaccine had killed the person however we sensitized them and they eventually compiled and we got 40 people getting vaccinated. We vaccinated over 70 that day, Sr. Ayinkamiye explained
Ayinkamiye says the public is eager to get vaccinated including people without National Identity cards. She explains that Local Leaders (LCI) are involved in the process.
“We are hoping to vaccinate more than 2000 by the end of the week, Ayinkamiye said.
Shaaza HCIII In-Charge Julius Ndagijimana says more than 300 people turned up on the first day and they all got vaccinated.
He notes that no challenges have been encountered adding that the 8am to 5pm campaign has seen more women than men coming to get immunized.
Chahafi Supervisor on Covid-19 Campaign Tarsis Uwimana says the sites have been overwhelmed with the numbers of people.
Tarsis says six sites are covering the population in the area and the staff are committed to serving the people.
Rosemary Musiimenta, Public Health Program focal point person at St. Francis Mutolere Hospital says more than 200 people were vaccinated on the first day.
Musiimenta says the hospital hopes to vaccinate more than 200 a day.
According to the Ministry of Health, the mass vaccination campaign is targeting a population of 22 million representing 49.8%, as a means of optimal control of the pandemic and full opening up of the economy
Ministry of Health also confirms that 126,965 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Uganda with a total 97,025 recoveries and 4,835,777 doses of vaccine administered.