Kabale district starts vaccination of teachers ahead of reopening of schools.Tobias Habasa
Hundreds of teachers in Kabale district today Wednesday 01st September 2021, thronged vaccination centres to get their Covid-19 jabs, after the exercise kicked off in the district, as members of the district 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 head teachers of government aided primary and secondary schools and directors of Private schools in Kabale district Administration-KDA today at National teachers College-NTC main hall, the Acting Kabale district Education officer, Moses Bwengye Tumwijukye, implored all the heads of schools to rally their teachers to embrace the exercise, saying that schools in the district, will only be allowed to open if at least 85 percent of the 2000 teachers in the district, are vaccinated.
Bwengye adds that as government looks at 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, had been vaccinated.
The Acting Kabale district Health officer-DHO, Alfred Besigensi, said that all head teacher, whose schools, will register Covid-19 cases, as a result of 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 centres for teachers in areas that are far from health centre 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 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 teachers will be embarrassed if their names and NIN numbers, are not reflected in the national data base.
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 the government planned reopening of education institutions can be realized.