Fredrick Makaire, the Executive Director Save for Health Uganda an umbrella organization for informal community health insurance schemes said the Ministry of Health came out to resist the bill rather late and failed to carry out its mandate of sensitization.
Byron Kinene, the chairperson of the Regional Lorry Drivers and Transport Association (RLDTA) says that while truckers were considered high risk groups in the early days of the pandemic, having recorded the highest number of positives, accessing vaccination services has been difficult.
Aceng also listed the fifteen best performing districts with Rukungiri topping the list followed by Kanungu and Hoima. Rukiga, Tororo, Bushenyi, Masaka, Mukono, Pakwach and Jinja as the top ten districts. Kampala came in 14th place performing worse than hard to reach districts of Kalangala, Bukedea and Namisindwa.
Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng told journalists on Friday that Uganda has so far recorded one case of the Indian strain of the COVID-19 virus that is feared to be lethal. She said starting tomorrow only those Ugandans who have been in India for treatment and the nationals that will be allowed back in the country. The ban also affects travelers that have traveled through India in the last 14 days.
In the petition filed on Tuesday, Peter Eceru, a lawyer and Programmes Specialist at CEHURD which is suing the government for contempt of court said he had perused through the budget framework papers for the FY 2021/22 and found no sufficient funds for the health sector in general and maternal health in particular.
Initially, a loan of $50 million was sought from the African Development Bank to complete the hospital but expenses kept piling and now according to Health Minister In charge of General Duties Robina Nabbanja government is currently paying the sub- contractors since ROKO went bankrupt.
Speaking during the weekly Ministry of Health supervision meeting at the hospital, Baterana said a lots of fraudulent and unprofessional practices are taking place in these facilities, which are at times blamed on Mulago hospital employees.
Dr Joyce Moriku, the State Minister for Primary Health Care, says that the government has imported additional 1 Million vaccines which will be rolled out in May to complete vaccination of those that had earlier received the first dose last year 2020.
The call by activists comes at a time when PEPFAR is deciding how it will spend its bilateral funding for HIV. PEPFAR is required to engage directly affected communities in countries they fund in a planning and budgeting process called Country Operational Planning or COP process but often they engage with most policymakers to make allocation decisions.
Although the government had initially said that the doses would cover 482,000 People, with each getting two injections spaced between eight weeks, the plan was later revised, to allow more people to get the first dose. But soon after the change, the Serum Institute of India, announced the halting of vaccine exports to first, serve their domestic market.
Dr Allen Kabagenyi, the Principal Investigator on the study says they contacted over 250,000 users of telehealth services subscribed to the Medical Concierge Group, a digital health company of which 1,065 users agreed to receive family planning messages on their phones.
Speaking to journalists on Monday, officials of the Association said that they had received several reports that health workers are being forced into immunization with threats of withholding their pay in the wake of high abstinence by the initial target population.
Health ministry officials have been forced to change the original plan of vaccination to increase uptake of the vaccine. Originally, vaccination was supposed to start with health workers, teachers, security personnel, persons with co-morbidities and those aged 50 and above
As a result of being associated with blood clots, several European countries have halted the use of the said vaccines. However, in light of the limited supply of the vaccines, the World Health Organisation country representative to Uganda, Dr Yonas Woldermariam has called upon the government not to take the same route.
According to the minister of health, the bill which was passed does not address concerns raised by stakeholders. She says the bill needed to be withdrawn and revised so that concerns relating to who contributes to the scheme and collects monies are addressed
When URN visited the Makerere University hospital based vaccination center on Wednesday, they had already depleted their doses and were only now entering complete data before they could open up for a new target audience.