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Health Minister warns of a possible second wave of COVID-19 if Ugandans keep ignoring SOPs

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Health Minister warns of a possible second wave of COVID-19 if Ugandans keep ignoring SOPs

Uganda may experience a second wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic if the public does not adhere to the standard operating procedure, SOPs.

The warning was sounded by the Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng during Thursday’s plenary. The minister had been asked to address the house about Uganda’s progress in fighting the pandemic.

Dr. Aceng who on Wednesday launched the vaccination exercise against COVID-19 says government is in the process of procuring more doses of vaccines to cater for security personnel after the teachers.

She told the house that Uganda has received a total of 964,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines which are being distributed to the entire country and the plan is to start with the health workers, teachers and then security officers.

“Uganda targets to vaccinate 25 million people including the refugees. Donors will provide 18 million doses and gov’t will have to procure the other 27 million doses to cover the estimated numbers” Dr. Aceng told Parliament.

At the vaccination launch event on 10th March, 310 people were vaccinated. 280 0f these received the jab at Mulago National referral hospital while 30 were vaccinated at Entebbe regional referral hospital.

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga argued that the house wanted curfew to be lifted because it has interfered with justice and other services that affect Ugandans on a daily.

“MPs & I are looking forward to revision of curfew hours. The year-long curfew has negatively impacted administration of justice — with trials not taking place; businesses; & livelihood of Ugandans. Parliament awaits a response from the Health ministry & the National Task Force” she said.

However, Dr. Aceng promised that the national taskforce will consider the proposals and report back to Parliament.

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