But Stephen Otim, the Chairperson of Arapai Sub County head teachers association, says that teachers find it difficult to travel for more than ten kilometers to get the COVID-19 jab because they are busy trying to cover the syllabus.
in Arapai Sub County in Soroti District want the Government to establish
COVID-19 vaccination points at Health Centre III nearer to them.
This comes after the Soroti District COVID-19 task force set up five
vaccination points in the district and city. They include Soroti Regional Referral
hospital, Tiriri Health Centre-IV, Gweri Health Centre III, Western Division
Health Center III and Princess Diana Health Center IV.
first phase of the free COVID-19 vaccination is targeting health workers, security
personnel, teachers, humanitarian front-line workers and people above 50
years with underlying conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart, kidney
or liver disease among others.
But Stephen Otim, the Chairperson of Arapai Sub
County head teachers association, says that teachers find it difficult to
travel for more than ten kilometers to get the COVID-19 jab because they are busy trying to
cover the syllabus.
Otim, who doubles as the headteacher of Dakabela Primary
School, notes that only one out of the ten teachers at his school has received
the jab because Princess Diana H/C 4 is far away for them.
According to Otim, not
more than 20 out of over 100 teachers in the sub
county have received the COVID-19 jab. He also says that many elderly people cannot
afford the transport to go to Princes Diana for the vaccination and wants the
district to extend the service to Dakabela health center III.
//Cue in: “This COVID
Cue out…the elderly people,”//
Akol Okole, the Arapai Sub County LC V councilor wonders why Gweri Health
Center III received the vaccines living out Dakabela Health Center III.
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Cue out…to access it,”//
Charles Okadhi, the Soroti District Health Officer-DHO advises the targeted
individuals to go to the nearest vaccination centers as they are still
discussing how to extend the service to all health center IIIs.
//Cue in: “Diana is not far…
Cue out…side like that,”//
this week, Dr. John Wilson Etolu, the Coordinator of COVID-19 in Teso region
reported an increasing number of COVID-19 patients in the sub-region. He
revealed that five patients are under intensive care at Soroti hospital treatment
Centre while ten are receiving treatment in their homes.