By Joackim Kule
Kasese District Health department will on Friday next week launch another five – day massive Covid-19 vaccination campaign for those who received the first dose of the Modena vaccine.
The campaign that is sponsored by Medicins Sans Frontiers targets 14 sub-counties and 13 Town Councils. Under the programme, vaccination centres will be temporarily established in the selected lower local governments from January 28 to February 01, 2022.
The beneficiary lower local governments include, Mpondwe-Lhubiriha, Kisinga, Hima, Muhokya, Kitswamba, Katwe-Kabatooro, Mubuku, Ibanda – Kyanya, Kyarumba, Maliba, Kithoma – Kanyatsi, Kinyamaseke, Rugendabara -Kikongo and Kabatunda –Kirabaho Town Councils.
Others include Nyamwamba Division, Central Division, Bulembia Division, Kitswamba, Kisinga, Munkunyu, Bugoye, Nyakatonzi, Kahokya, Karambi, Bwera, Kyarumba, Kyondo, Nyakiyumbu, Isango, Kitabu, Maliba, Rukooki, Lake Katwe, Kilembe, Mahango, Buhuhira, Mbunga and Kyabarungira sub-counties.
Addressing the Sub-county and Constituency Supervisors at the District Headquarters on Thursday, Dr. Yusuf Baseke, the District Health Officer, explained that those who received their first dose of Modena vaccine should be given a priority because they need a booster before the vaccine expires.
He also warned the health workers against assigning their roles and responsibilities to their fellows who did not train in administering the vaccine.
Denis Mbae, the Project Coordinator for Medicins Sans Frontiers, encouraged the health workers to focus on fulfilling the task that they were given in order to show value for the resources that will be injected in the project.
While presenting a review and progress of the first dose, the District Bio-statistician, Constantine Thembo reported that during the exercise they registered a number of challenges related to people’s resistance to take up the vaccine coupled with the lack of enough community mobilization.
However, the district managed to vaccinate over 200,000 people out of the targeted population of over 360, 000 people, translating into to 71%.