While the Ministry of Health handed over the site on June 10, 2019, it hoped that the construction would be completed by June 2021. However, the project remains at the foundation level and, according to Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, it has been extended for now 15 more months.
Although Parliament passed 18.3 billion shillings supplementary budget for the procurement of the AstraZeneca Vaccines from the Serum Institute of India last month, the Health Ministry says there has been a delay in availing the money by the Ministry of Finance.
The matter was raised by Gilbert Olanya, the Kilak South MP who says that the curfew is now being used to violate rights of Ugandans, curtail mothers and women who are coming from the market and extort money from Ugandans.
Under the arrangement, each eligible individual is expected to receive two doses of the vaccine, separated by 28 days. Each dose will cost USD 7(25,523 Shillings), which amounts to USD 14 (51,046 Shillings) per person. Another USD 3 (11,000 Shillings) is charged for international transportation and handling costs by the National Medical Stores, pushing the cost of the vaccine to USD 17 (62,000 Shillings).
The CSOs argue that even after suffering the locust invasion, severe floods, landslides and an on-going global pandemic that has killed over 300 Ugandans, the government has in the 2021/2022 Budget Framework paper not allocated any funds to address emergencies that might emerge.
Some members of parliament who include the Bufumbira East MP Dr. James Nsaba Buturo and Bunyaruguru county MP John Twesigye Ntamuhiira say giving the body of the COVID-19 victim to the families for burial will accelerate the spread of the disease in the community
Busia Municipality MP Geoffrey Macho told parliament today, that the government needed to reconsider this decision, and allow more numbers of worshippers according to the size of the churches and the number of people it can accommodate.
The total donations to the COVID-19 task force were valued at 28 billion Shillings by May 2020. They included both cash and non-cash donations channelled through the national response fund, chaired by Emmanuel Katongole, the Executive Chairman of Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited.
The group has already exhausted the 14 mandatory days of quarantine after their arrival into the country. But they must endure another three days of confinement while waiting for the Ministry of Health to undertake confirmatory COVID-19 tests before releasing them.
Several MPs have welcomed the initiative but demanded that it should be repeated every fortnight. Others are demanding for mass testing across the country in order to establish the magnitude of the problem and at the same time employ interventions that will eliminate the disease.
The decision followed an engagement with officials from the Ministry of Health officials who guided that MPs needed to be tested based on their engagements which have put them into contact with different people since the outbreak of the pandemic.
During plenary on Thursday morning, Kadaga told MPs that last Friday, the President invited the top leaders of the arms of Government and during the meeting, they advised the President to declare a state of emergency. However, Kadaga said that it was objected by a cabinet Minister who convinced the President against declaring a state of emergency.