Mr Robert Andeyo a settlement commandant revealed that the biggest challenge is myths and cultural beliefs by the refugee communities.
district authorities have expressed concern over hesitancy among South Sudan
refugees to embrace Covid-19 vaccination campaign.
think that the low uptake of the vaccines by the refugees may affect the
opening of schools next year.
district chairman Mr Ben Anyama disclosed that he is dismayed to learn that
only 6% of the refugee population in Adjumani have been vaccinated, yet the
total population of refugees is about 213,000.
said out of the cumulative number of 933 people who have so far tested positive
of covid-19 in Adjumani, 137 are refugees constituting 14 per cent.
appealed to the Office of Prime Minister -OPM and UNHCR to increase surveillance
and scale up vaccination among the refugee population in order to get the
target set by the ministry of health so as to ease the lockdown.
district health officer Mr Dominic Drametu however, appealed to the entire
population to embrace the national wide vaccination exercise so that the
government can reopen schools.
also declared that the district has received 2,100 doses of the Modena vaccine
from the US which he noted are in the same group with Pfizer and Johnson and
said with the arrival of Modena, all persons from the age of 18 especially
school going students and every person are to be vaccinated regardless of those
Adjumani district education officer Mr Robert Dima revealed that the effects
of Covid-19 pandemic are biting and has left a lot of negative impact stating
that there are rising cases of teenage pregnancy to the extent of having
primary two girls getting married and pregnant.
settlement commandant revealed that the biggest challenge is the myth and
cultural belief by the refugee communities.
one of the new strategies is to ensure that all new refugee leaders are vaccinated for them to qualify as leaders.