Amid a new COVID-19 wave in Uganda, several institutions of learning are being forced to temporarily suspend physical teaching and learning activities after students and staff tested positive for the virus.
More than 1.87 billion doses of vaccines have been supplied globally, but there are just ten countries that have been able to vaccinate 40 percent of their population. These include the USA, Seychelles, the United Arab Emirates with 70 percent of their populations vaccinated.
According to officials, initially, 1.8 billion Shillings was budgeted to fully implement the law countrywide. However, more than five years since the law was passed, little has been done to reduce the use of tobacco use in the country. Due to the lack of funds, the health ministry has not been able to enforce the law. In addition to this, they cannot hire the necessary staff to help with making regulations to guide the implementation of the law
Dr. Thomas Malinga, the Oyam District Health Officer, said being the only referral hospital in the district, the installation of the CT scan will boost service delivery as well as improve their performance as a district.
Hundreds of revellers were reportedly partying at a thanksgiving party organized for Retired Col. Fearless Obwoya Oyat, the new Pader LC V Chairperson when police stormed and dispersed them for violating the nighttime curfew and restrictions on social gatherings as part of the COVID-19 control measures.
"In April I went to Mulago, Victoria Hospital and even KCCA Kisenyi hoping to get vaccinated but no place would give me the vaccine. They all said that I was not among those designated to get the vaccine in the first phase of the exercise," he said.
On Saturday evening, the youth stationed on all routes leading to Fort Portal city with the placards. Some of the placards called on members of the public to wear masks properly, others advised people to avoid crowds while others carried messages encouraging hand washing and social distancing.
Chrystelle Jocquet, the Belgian Development Agency Resident representative in Uganda, says that the intervention will address key gaps like the teaching of theory, which has left many school leavers jobless.
Museveni noted that on Wednesday next week, he is going to convene a full scale national COVID-19 task force, which will recommend several preventive measures to curb the further spread of the disease.
Airport taxi operators led by Jackson Sserubidde, the chairperson of Airport Taxi Services Cooperative Society Ltdsay that the testing centre has affected the number of passengers they carry daily because eligible travellers spend about four hours at the centre.
According to Nakiru, the suspect is a serial defiler who has over 10 children with different girls, adding that he has been paying his way out of trouble. “This time around we shall protest to police should they try to play around with this case,” she said.