The products include; Warbugia Ugandensis, Cypress oil, Cypress herbal tea, propolis tincture and propolis throat spray. Another product that has been developed is the NCRI-NP Syrup that is a concentrated version of the government's UBV-01N COVID-19 therapeutic that is still undergoing research to determine proper dosages.
All those who have received two doses of the vaccine were among the first people vaccinated in the country. According to records from the health ministry, these persons where vaccinated between March 10 and April 3,2021.Getting two doses of the vaccines means that these persons now have 100 protection against the disease. When infected, they will not get severe forms of the disease. They will also not be hospitalised.
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
"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.
According to the health ministry, the learners who tested positive are from 29 schools from 17 districts. Some of the districts where the cases came from are Kampala, Wakiso, Gulu, Arua, Masaka and Jinja. Data from the health ministry indicates that cases have been reported from; 10 nursing schools, 11 secondary schools and seven primary schools. Cases were also picked from one Tertiary Institution and Primary Teaching Colleges. Also Kyambogo University has reported 8 cases of the disease (six students and two administrative staff)
All persons going to get the second dose will have to present the Ministry of Health vaccination card that shows when they received the first dose. A number of legislators, health workers and journalists are among the first categories of people to benefit as the exercise kicked off this morning at the Ministry headquarters in Kampala.
The consignment from the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) facility was initially expected in May, but the Serum Institute of India, the source for Uganda’s COVID-19 jab announced that it was halting vaccine exports to first, serve their domestic market in India, where infections were soaring.
Dr Kasirye says that the placenta pit is 60ft deep and it would be hard to retrieve anything thrown in there, except through a lengthy, bureaucratic process. URN visited the pit and noticed that it was built underground and placentas are dumped through a flap that opens out.
According to the health ministry, they do not have funds at the moment to increase the allowances of the interns. The director-general of health services says that medical interns who want to first get allowance increases should leave the 12 month internship programme and reapply when government gets funds
As of yesterday, only 404,972 people had received the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccines. According to the current vaccination trends from the health ministry for the month of May, on average 8,170 people are vaccinated daily.
Dr Immaculate Ampaire, the Deputy Programme Manager of the Uganda National Expanded Program says the low uptake of vaccines issued at birth is an indication that some babies are not being born in hospitals.
Only 24,093 health workers have received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine out of the targeted 150,000. According to the health ministry, the low uptake of the vaccine among health workers is likely to make communities more suspicious of the vaccination campaign.
Benson Kwikiriza, a senior legal officer in charge of regulation and drafting at the Insurance Regulatory Authority, one of the organisations working with the health ministry on the scheme says the money is needed to offer quality health care. According to Kwikiriza, this amount is affordable for all Ugandans given the services that will be received.