Dr Godfrey Bwire, who heads the Diarrheal Diseases Division at the Ministry, attributed the suspension to the disruptions caused by the ongoing lockdown that was instituted to curb the further spread of Coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has suspended the cholera vaccination
drive initially scheduled to start in June.
Dr Godfrey Bwire, who heads the Diarrheal Diseases Division at the Ministry,
attributed the suspension to the disruptions caused by the ongoing lockdown that was instituted to curb the further spread of Coronavirus
disease, also known as COVID-19.
Bwire says that in some districts such as Ntoroko, teams from the
Ministry who were supposed to carry out micro plans before the roll-out
of the exercise had arrived.
He also says that most of the meetings have been using Zoom, an online platform to
///Cue in: “Our time frame …..
Cue out: …… by one month”. //
However, cholera-related deaths have been reported in different parts of the country, including Moroto, where four people were confirmed dead on Thursday.
According to Phillip Lotee, the in charge of Loputuk Health Centre III in Moroto District, 22
patients are currently admitted at the isolation unit. He adds that the number
is overwhelming the facility which was built to accommodate just 10 beds.
But, even with these challenges, the district is not among those that
will benefit from the planned interventions that are hoped to start in July.
Moroto is not among those that are targeted as hot-spots and as they are
currently battling an outbreak, they will not benefit from the drive.
///Cue in: “There are some ….
Cue out: …... occur in Kasese”. //
The six districts set to benefit from the vaccination exercise include Kasese,
Moyo, Arua, Ntoroko, Busia and Namayingo targeting to reach between 800,000 and
one million people.
Bwire says their interventions are based on the belief that once the hots-pots
are covered, the possibility of a serious outbreak is minimal. He says people
who spread Cholera to other areas are mostly from those hot-spots that they have
been targeting since the launch of vaccination drives in 2018.
He also reveals that while the vaccine stocks were procured, they
have not yet been shipped into the country.