Now, WHO is recommending widespread use of the Mosquirix, a new vaccine by GlaxoSmithKline which rouses a child’s immune system to thwart Plasmodium falciparum, the deadliest of five malaria pathogens and the most prevalent in Africa. The vaccine is not just a first for malaria — it is the first developed for any parasitic disease.
Asuret Sub County registered 173 cases of COVID-19 between September 22 and October 1, 2021. This is almost a quarter of the cumulative cases recorded in the district comprising 12 sub-counties since March 2020.
The city with a population of over 10,000 people, has only six vaccination points; Ayago Primary School and PAG General Hospital located in City East Division and Lira University Teaching Hospital, Lira Primary School, Ober Health Centre IV and Lira Regional Referral Hospital in City West Division.
Dr Tonny Tumwesigye, the Executive Director of the Bureau, which cover a network of 305 facilities founded by the Church of Uganda, the Seventh-day Adventist and Pentecostal Churches, says that while the government allocates Private Not for Profit (PNFP) health facilities an annual grant to enable them to subsidize services, the pandemic has increased the cost of their services with some on the verge of collapsing.