ADJUMANI, UGANDA: Teachers in Adjumani district have been advised to rush for mass vaccinations of covid-19 so that the district will have a high stake in the re-opening of schools due to be announced.
Sabuni John, the Adjumani secretary for health said the opening of schools in the district might depend on the number of teachers who have received the covid-19, jabs and encouraged teachers to listen to professional advice in order to save our children from remaining at home when the school re-opens.
The secretary for health was today, September 1, 2021, briefing journalists on the current trend of covid-19, vaccination uptake in the district in his office and told journalists that due to massive mobilization and sensitization the attitude of the populate is quite positive as there is a rush for vaccinations.
The statement of Sabuni John follows the data on the ongoing vaccination exercise that shows out of over 4.000 teachers in Adjumani district only 511 have received covid-19 jabs while that of the health sector is convincing as 750 out of over 1.100 have been vaccinated.
The Adjumani DHO Dr. Drametu Dominic equally added his voice and asked teachers to go for the Sinovac jabs which he says give almost 100% protection against severe covid-19, cases.
Dr.Drametu said since most teachers lie between the age brackets of 40-50, they should embrace the Sinovac vaccines and generally embrace covid-19, SOPs so that the rest of the population can learn from their examples.
On the rising cases of covid-19, in refugees’ settlements, he said the current figures are due to the intensified testing exercise in refugee settlements because initially it was assumed due to their settlement pattern where movement is restricted infection would not easily soar.
Dr.Drametu said he is worried the worse is yet to come this month when food and nonfood items distribution exercise begins when South Sudanese will attempt to sneak into the country for the food items coupled with the porous border as 10 refugees tested positive for covid-19, in the last two weeks in various refugees settlements.
An official from the OPM refugees’ desk office in Pakele who did not want to be named because he is not authorized to talk to journalists on official matters said, mechanisms are in place to ensure full compliance with Covid -19, SOPs.
The first case of Covid-19, in Adjumani, was detected and confirmed on March 5, 2020, the case was managed in Adjumani hospital without protocol, he recovered and was discharged on April 26, 2020.
According to data obtained from the district corona task forces dated, August 25, 2021, the cumulative number of samples collected since the outbreak of the pandemic is 9238, 829, tested positive including 111 refugees, while the district recorded 15 deaths.
The same data shows that 750 health workers, 511 teachers and 3382 elders, co-morbidity cases and security personnel as the district task force continues to engage all stakeholders to jointly fight the pandemic.