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Minister Aceng summoned by parliament over 800 fake Covid-19 vaccines

Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng receives his first covid-19 vaccination jab in March this year (File Photo)

The Minister of Health, Dr. Ruth Aceng has been summoned by the Parliamentary Committee on COVID-19 to explain the vaccination of more than 800 people with fake vaccines in Kampala.

The Minister and her team are expected to meet the legislators today Friday.

Abdu Katuntu, the chairperson of the committee said that they will commence investigations into how the people got be vaccinated with fake drugs after talking to health officials.

“We want to find out if a situation like that has happened, what has the government done to that particular health unit where counterfeit vaccines were being injected to our people,” Katuntu, who is also the MP for Bugweri County told journalists on Friday morning.

The Members of Parliament have also urged President Museveni and Parliament to investigate the racket behind this scam, and prosecute the suspects.

Charles Tebandeke, MP Bbale county said that Parliament expects the president to come out with a louder voice on the issue.

“The president should issue an ultimatum to all ministries, including the Uganda National Bureau of Standards to take action, we want to know how these vaccines arrived here in the first place,” Tebandeke said.

The legislators said that they are worried that the revelation regarding the fake vaccines might affect the progress of fighting Covid-19 in the country.

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Relatedly, the Director of Public Health at the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Dr Daniel Okello said that they have also kicked off investigations into the matter.

“We want to find out, where did this vaccine come from? How did it get here?”

At least 800 people and other clients from several companies in Kampala received fake Covid-19 vaccines last month, the Daily Express understands.

Dr Warren Namara, the head of the State House Health Monitoring Unit, said at a press conference that two nurses were arrested from Nakawa in Kampala on fake vaccine accusations, and the doctor is still on the run.

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The incident is said to have happened between June 15, to June 17, 2021.

For a layman, differentiating between the actual and fake drug could be hard and health workers have urged Ugandans to look out for only verified sites to receive their Covid-19 vaccine jabs.

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