Dr. Felix Kaduchu, the Dean Faculty of Medicine at Gulu University told URN in an interview on Tuesday evening that some students tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. “We have not forced them to take the vaccination but they realized that some of their colleagues had tested positive with the virus and decided to embrace the exercise,” Dr. Kaduchu explained.
of the COVID-19 vaccination in Gulu district has increased in the last three
days amidst a spike in new infections. Gulu district has registered over 100
COVID-19 cases in the last one month. This brings the number of cases
registered in the district to over 1800 and 33 deaths.
rolled out COVID-19 vaccination nationwide on March 17th, 2021.
However, many districts are struggling to convince people to take the COVID-19
jab. The exercise, which commenced in Gulu district, two days after the
national launch had only attracted 1731 people by Thursday last week.
district has registered an increase in the number of people taking the COVID-19
jab early this week. More than 700 people have taken the jab within the last three
days. Those vaccinated include the medical students of Gulu University and
staff, medical workers from various health facilities and other frontline
Kaduchu, the Dean Faculty of Medicine at Gulu University told URN in an
interview on Tuesday evening that some students tested positive for the
COVID-19 virus. “We have not forced them to take the vaccination but they
realized that some of their colleagues had tested positive with the virus and
decided to embrace the exercise,” Dr. Kaduchu explained.
He says that
COVID-19 infection in North region stands at 10 percent conducted the
University Multifunctional Science Laboratory over the last two months.
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Dr. Robert Mukembo, the Doctor In charge of the Medical Students at the
University revealed that 75% of the medicals students at the University staff
have taken the Covid-19 vaccine. He urges the government to adopt a new
strategy if the vaccination exercise is to succeed.
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vaccination in Gulu is taking places at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, St.
Mary’s Hospital Lacor, Aywee Health Centre III in Laroo-Pece Division, Patiko
Health Centre III in Patiko Sub County and Awach Health Centre IV at the new
an enrolled nurse In charge of Aywee Health Centre III noted that much as the
front liners in the facility have embraced the vaccination but the uncertainty
of the vaccine is still affecting the exercise. Martin Ojok, a
resident of Ngom Rom Village in Unyama Sub County in Gulu District, says that
the government did not sensitize the locals on the effects of the drugs and how it
can be managed.
Oola, a Boda boda operator from Laliya Ward in Bar-Dege Layibi Division says
that he embraced the exercise for fear that the government may only allow
people who got vaccinated to access social services. “You saw how many
people who don’t have the national identity card are struggling to get services.
So I thought it was important that I get vaccinated,” Ojok added.
William Onyai, the Gulu District Health Educator revealed that they have only
registered 33 cases of people presenting with mild symptoms from 2431
already vaccinated. Margret Nanyonga, a communication consultant with the
World Health Organization, says that many of the countries are battling to demystify
the distorted information about COVID-19 vaccination that has flooded the
She urged districts in Acholi Sub Region to team up with the Ministry of Health
to ensure the biggest percentage of their population gets vaccinated, saying it
one of the catchment areas of the disease. Dr. Richard Ecsodu, the
Director Gulu University Multifunctional Science Laboratory, says the laxity in
observing the standard procedures has exposed the community to a higher risk of infection.
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He says that
200 out of 2300 people tested in the University tested between April and May
this tested positive for COVID-19.