The strike began on November 22, after the government failed to fulfil many of its promises to medics, as made in 2017 during a similar strike. The doctors want the government to increase their salaries to 5 million Shillings, increase medical human resources and compensate health workers who succumbed to COVID-19.
The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 single-dose vaccine has been reported to be compatible with standard vaccine storage and distribution channels with ease of delivery to remote areas and can be transported using the same cold chain technologies used to transport treatments for cancer, immunological disorders and other medicines.
Flavia Nakato, a resident of Budhubirwa village in Bugulumbya Sub-County says that for decades their parish has had no health unit. Expectant mothers and other sick people have been trekking distances to access health services from far away from sub-counties, and according to Nakato, many were delivering babies on the roadside after failing to make it to the distant health centres.
Sarah Kabagenyi the chairperson of Bundibugyo District Association of Women with Disability-BAWD told URN that although persons with disabilities have the same sexual and reproductive health needs as other people, they often face barriers to information and service, and are often unable to access the same range of health services as provided to other persons.
Covilyce-1 herbal medicine was created by scientists at the Faculty of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Studies (Pharm-Biotech), backed by over 200 herbalists from the Acholi sub-region to treat COVID-19. the drug, they say, can cure COVID-19 patients within 72 hours of administering.
Kamukira is the only health centre IV in Kabale Municipality, yet the area which has three divisions does not have a Health Centre III, which leaves patients with not so many options at their disposal. As part of the ongoing anti-corruption week, the Inspectorate of Government made an impromptu visit to the facility, to among others, review its services and operations.
The government had earlier on planned to procure 18 million doses of Sinopharm vaccine through the COVAX facility and nine million doses of the J&J vaccine through the African Vaccines Acquisition Trust (AVAT) channel. About 41 billion Shillings has been released for the procurements.