Luweero District Health officials have suspended mass campaigns
for Hepatitis B screening and vaccination over the coronavirus threat.
Last month, Luweero district embarked on mass free screening and vaccination
against hepatitis B virus. The exercise is being conducted at Health Center
IIIs, IV's and general hospitals across the district.
Apart from individual walk-ins, each facility has been mobilizing residents a
day in a week for mass vaccinations in a move aimed at ensuring wide coverage
of the exercise.
However, the Luweero District Health Officer Doctor Innocent Nkonwa says they
have resolved to stop all mass vaccinations saying it could put the residents
and health workers at risk of coronavirus infections over huge numbers.
Nkonwa says the move is part of Presidential Museveni directive to ensure there
are no large groups of people at one facility which may contribute to
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Godfrey Kuruhiira the Luweero District Chief Administrative Officer says the
move is intended to ensure the safety of residents and health workers who may
contract the virus in the exercise.
Kuruhiira also directed in charges of health centres to decongest waiting areas
through erecting more tents and utilizing other wards designated as corners.
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Abubaker Ssematimba the LC III Chairman of Kikyusa sub-county says that the
directive is justifiable and necessary in awake of coronavirus outbreak in the
Livingstone Kategeya a resident of Kamira Sub County says the officials took a
wise decision because crowds were not easy to regulate and these could contribute
On Monday, the Minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng announced eight new cases of
coronavirus bring the total number to nine patients who tested positive.
About 17,156 have died whereas
102,972 out of 392,331 total confirmed coronavirus patients have recovered
according to coronavirus resource centre at John Hopkins University.