Muhammad Mubiru, the Principal Hospital Administrator at Entebbe Hospital says Wakiso district headquarters has run out of doses. As a result, Entebbe Hospital, where 100 to 150 people are vaccinated daily, is unable to re-stock.
Regional Referral Hospital has suspended the vaccination exercise for
people who want to take the first and second dose for the COVID-19
vaccine after it run out of doses three days ago.
The hospital gets the doses from Wakiso district headquarters.
Muhammad Mubiru, the Principal Hospital Administrator at Entebbe
Hospital says Wakiso district headquarters has run out of doses. As a
Hospital, where 100 to 150 people are vaccinated daily is unable to
re-stock. Since Tuesday, dozens of people including the elderly,
airline staff and teachers have been turned away from the hospital due
to he vaccine shortage.
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He however says the hospital has requested for 20,000 doses from Wakiso district through the National Medical Stores -NMS. "We need these doses because the Ministry of Health has opened up the vaccination to all those aged 18 years and above and the hospital serves over 3 million people," added Mubiru.
"As soon as we receive these doses, we will resume the vaccination exercise," Mubiru says.
By end of April, over
3,700 people had received their fist jab at the hospital. Of these, Mubiru says over
3,000 are expected to return for their second jab before end of next
second dose is expected to be administered between June 5th to June 28th
at Entebbe Hospital. Uganda has so far received 964,000 COVID-19 doses.
The doses are expected to expire by July 10th, 2021.
vaccine shortage at the hospital comes at a time the health ministry is
withdrawing over 90,000 unused COVID-19 doses
from ten districts. The doses will be got from Adjumani, Amolata,
Nwoya. Kyenjojo, Sironko, Kaberamaido, Otuke and Omoro. The ministry
justified the move, saying most of these districts had failed to
vaccinate over 1,000 people since March when the exercise was rolled
18, only 356,900 vaccines had been used by districts out of 653,440 that were
As a result, Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the Director-General Health Services, says the
National Medical Stores - NMS accompanied by district COVID-19 task forces will regain
Lugolobi, the Wakiso District Health Officer (DHO) , says most of the
52 immunisation centres including Entebbe Hospital, have run out of
doses. However, he advises those who live along Kampala-Entebbe or are
being turned away from Entebbe hospital to visit Kajjansi Health Centre
IV, Kisubi Hospital and Doctors' Hospital, Seguku because they still
have some doses.
He says the rest of the centres will have to wait until the district receives more doses from NMS.
the last three months, Lugolobi says the district has vaccinated over
39,000 people out of a total stock of 41,000 doses distributed. Of
those vaccinated, 5,000 are due for their second dose. "We hope we can
get more doses by next week," he added.
notes that the district will ration the additional doses, but will
ensure Entebbe Hospital is able to meet the high demand from the general
Hospital has been receiving a big number of people from within and
outside the municipality. So we will take into consideration that the
hospital has a high consumption rate of the vaccine doses."
hospital has recorded a high turn up rate from health workers,
teachers, staff from UN, NMS, ministries of energy and agriculture and
also Entebbe airport staff. There are over 2,000 airport staff.
of the people who turned on Thursday for vaccination were disappointed
when they were turned away from the main entrance of the hospital. One of them, Loy Nakalema says she had traveled from Kigungu to receive her first jab.
is not good because I am going to spend twenty thousand shillings on
transport to and from Kigungu yet I have not been vaccinated," says Nakalema.
Namulindwa, a resident of Kitooro says the hospital management should
have communicated that the immunization centre is currently closed due
to a stockout.
"Otherwise, people will keep coming to the hospital when there are no doses," Namulindwa says.