Members of Parliament of the Northern Uganda COVID-19 task force have cited
vaccine hesitancy among health workers, and the lack of specialists as the biggest
challenge facing the region.
The task force chaired by Koboko Municipality MP Dr Charles Ayume visited
41 districts in Northern Uganda and West Nile where they found out that in most of the
districts, the covid-19 vaccine uptake is low among health workers.
In some of the districts, only 60 per cent of the health workers have been
vaccinated, with many of them saying they were not prepared to take the vaccine
according to the MPs observation.
In the Gulu district for instance, although the vaccines were meant for
frontline health workers, of the 241, only 158 had taken both the first and
According to Dr Ayume, the seven health workers that died at Gulu Hospital were
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The task force also cited a lack of specialists in the region.
According to Ayume, it is embarrassing that in the whole of Northern Uganda
from Karamoja to West Nile, there are only two Anaesthesiologists.
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Dr Samuel Opio, Kole North MP who is also a member of the task
force says they are at least over 500 people in the different districts who have not been vaccinated.
The committee also found that although the Regional Referral
Hospitals have oxygen plants, they lack oxygen cylinders, oxygen
supply among others. In Moyo hospital, for instance, the facility has only one
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The Obongi County MP George Bhoka Didi says that there is a need for heightened
surveillance, especially in the border districts. He adds that there is a big
challenge in the enforcement of Standard Operating Procedures- SOPs among others.
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The Parliament Covid-19 taskforce led by chairperson Abdu Katuntu
is next week expected to present a report to Parliament on the state of the
COVID-19 Intervention in different parts of the country.