Over 450 turn up for day One of the Covid-19 mass Vaccination for KigeziTobias Habasa
By Alex Byakatonda
Over 450 people in Kabale district, have today 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 Kigezi Sub-region including Kabale, Rukungiri, Rubanda, Rukiga, Kisoro and Kanungu districts.
The campaign that was launched by 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 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 no body 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.