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Covid-19: Gov’t Targets to Vaccinate 900,000 in Acholi Sub Region

James Elima, the Director of Gulu Regional Referral Hospital says COVID -19 vaccination uptake in Acholi Sub –Region still remains at only 45 percent despite the test positivity rate which is 7.6 percent, slightly higher than the national average.
Health Minister Jane Ruth Acheng and GRRH Director James Elima Inspecting the Hospital -Photo by Jesse Johnson James

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The Ministry of Health is set to vaccinate 900,000 people against COVID -19 in Acholi Sub –Region in one week during the ongoing accelerated mass vaccination campaign.

The countrywide accelerated COVID -19 mass vaccination campaign launched on Thursday is to enable the government to hit its target of vaccinating 85 percent of the 22 million Ugandans aged 18 and above by the end of this year. 

In the Acholi Sub –Region, the mass vaccination campaign was launched by Health Minister Jane Ruth Acheng on Thursday at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital in Gulu City. 

James Elima, the Director of Gulu Regional Referral Hospital says COVID -19 vaccination uptake in Acholi Sub –Region remains at only 45 percent despite the test positivity rate which is 7.6 percent, slightly higher than the national average.

According to Elima, the COVID -19 hotspots in Acholi Sub –Region include Gulu City, Pader, Kitgum, and Nwoya Districts, something attributed to complacency in following the Standard Operating Procedures.

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Elima also revealed that out of a total population of 144,000 persons above the age of 50, only 8.4 percent have been vaccinated, something that calls for special attention.

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Douglas Peter Okello Okao, the Omoro LCV Chairperson says that they have resolved to scale up mobilization of the community to embrace the vaccine and that they will be moving with the vaccines to the burial grounds, marriage and wedding ceremonies as well as market places, to enable them to meet the target set by the government.

Jane Ruth Achieng, the Minister of Health said that Acholi Sub –Region is second after the Busoga Sub –Region in low uptake of COVID -19 vaccination despite its high mortality rate.

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Acheng noted that the low uptake of vaccines across the country is due to misinformation being spread in the various social media platforms and that the Health Ministry published a booklet that demystifies those myths.

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Deogratious Opiyo, a resident of Koch –Kweyo in Omoro district received his first dose of the vaccine on Thursday from Gulu Regional Referral Hospital. Opiyo revealed that he had been avoiding getting vaccinated following the negative information about the vaccine.