Dr. Adam Mbayi , in Charge of Kajjansi health center IV, says that ever since the health center was elevated from a health center III to a health center IV they don’t have an ambulance and this has affected them in transporting patients to the referral hospitals like Mulago and Kawempe.
Uganda is ranked 15th globally and first in Africa among countries most affected by natural disasters, according to a report by Statistica.com, in which Uganda is listed as a country prone to floods, landslides, droughts, locusts, windstorms, hailstorms and lightning. While the report notes that there were no earthquakes in Uganda, the country is hugely vulnerable.
But, the CDC says that both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines take a few hours to thaw and must be administered quickly once they are no longer being refrigerated. The Pfizer vaccine is only stable for six hours at room temperature while a punctured Moderna vaccine vial is viable for up to 12 hours.
The policy, supposed to streamline emergency response services in the country, aims at reducing avoidable mortality, morbidity and disability by ensuring all people in need of emergency care access it. The policy will also provide safe and quick transportation of the sick to hospitals.