The minister of ICT and National guidance Hon Judith Nabakooba has confirmed that Uganda is expected to obtain the first batch of the COVID19 Vaccine by May or June 2021.
According to Nabakooba, priority of the receiving the vaccine will be given to frontline medical workers, the elderly and people with existing health conditions.
“We believe that as more vaccines become available globally, we might be able to get them much earlier than June” the minister noted as she called upon the everybody to ensure that they stay alive up to the point when the vaccines become available.
Nabakooba further noted that all the treatment centers in the public and private hospitals are full to capacity. “The number of critically ill people that need oxygen on a 24-hour basis has exceeded the available capacity.” she said.
The minister adds that government spends about 22 million shillings for every critically ill COVID-19 patient that is admitted on Oxygen.
“This is the money spent on treating each patient for the entire time spent in the High Dependency Unit on oxygen. For the private hospitals, critically ill patients are spending about 5 million shillings daily in order to stay on oxygen.” she said.
“Everyone must therefore understand that COVID-19 is not a cheap disease.” Nabakooba warned.
As the world heads in to the festive season, the minister called upon Ugandans to stay away from any form of festive temptations that could expose them to catching COVID-19.
She notes that there will not be any lockdown during the festive season apart from the existing curfew and other SOPs.
“I call upon everyone to be extra careful. Discotheques and music concerts are still under lock and
not allowed to operate. For those travelling, ensure that you follow all the guidance on masks and social distancing.” she added.