Baz Waiswa

Baz Waiswa

NMS Dispatches More AstraZeneca, Sinovac COVID19 Doses To Districts

The National Medical Stores (NMS), a government institution 'mandated to procure, store and distribute human medication and health-related consumable items' has Wednesday dispatched consignments of COVID19 vaccine doses to various districts in the country.

On 09th August 2021, NMS commenced countrywide distribution of AstraZeneca COVID19 vaccines; today it adds Sinovac doses the government of Uganda recently received from the Chinese government.

Sheila Nduhikire, the Principal Public Relations Officer at NMS, confirmed that tracks were enroute to different parts of the country to make deliveries.

By midday, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) had received their batch and was distributed to different designated vaccination centres in the city.

Uganda received a donation of 299,520 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the UK government under the dose sharing arrangement. The Sinovac doses, 300, 000 doses were donated by the Chinese government.

Meanwhile, the parliamentary committee on Health chaired by Dr Charles Ayume Tuesday 24th August 2021, toured the NMS's new state-of-the-Art warehouse in Kajjansi.

Nduhukire said the new facility will house 30,000 pallet/storage cubicles for medicines; a huge boost from their current warehouse which accommodates 8,000 pallets.

Countrywide Distribution Of COVID19 Vaccines Commences

National Medical Stores (NMS) Monday morning announced it had commenced the distribution of COVID19 vaccine to different parts of the country, a move that will see more Ugandans get vaccinated.

"Our trucks have left for Kampala, Wakiso, Karamoja region, Acholi-Lango, West Nile, Eastern and Western Uganda," Sheila Nduhikire, the Principal Public Relations Officer revealed.

She confirmed that districts like Wakiso, Kampala, Buvuma, and others have had their dispatches delivered.

In June, NMS received 175,200 COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccines from the ministry of health and kept the doses stored at their headquarters in Entebbe.

The minister of health Dr Ruth Aceng received these vaccines from the French government represented by Ambassador Jules-Armand.

This was the third consignment of COVID-19 vaccines to be received, stored, and distributed by the NMS since March 2021.

Experts maintain that the reduction of COVID19 infections is dependent on the number of people who get vaccinated and for that matter, world governments are speeding the vaccination exercises to protect their citizens.

Uganda, coming out of a restrictive lockdown, is not any different and is beefing up her vaccination exercise across the country. The deliveries by NMS play well into this agenda.

Meanwhile, the ministry of health reveals that the results of COVID-19 tests done on 7 August 2021 confirm 152 new cases. The cumulative confirmed cases are now at 95,875.

PICTORIAL: 5,000 Kampala Vulnerable Families Get COVID-19 Relief Aid

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has put many people, especially the poor, into an enviable position as the country slowly but systematically locks down.


Many families in Kampala live under what is famously known as hand to mouth and with the restriction enforced on movement and work as a means of curtailing the spread of the virus, many families are struggling to feed.


In the spirit of giving and sharing, Ruparelia Foundation and Cedric Babu Ndlima, who is eying the Kampala Central MP seat organized a three-day tour of Kampala suburbs and delivered relief items like food, health kits to 5000 families.


The tour targeted the parishes of Kamwokya, Memgo, Kagugube, Bukesa, Nakivubo, Shauriyako, Industrial Area Kisenyi and Old Kampala.


They worked alongside local leaders specifically LC1 chairpersons to tour and deliver the items which included sugar, maize flour, beans & soap.   


The purpose of the tour was not only to show love and support during these trying times of coronavirus but to also sensitize the local community on what precautions and measurers they can do to protect their families and communities in which they live.

Under the theme #FightingCoronaTogether, Babu said noted that country is going through a difficult period right now. Uganda has as of Tuesday, 31st March 2020, confirmed 44 cases of COVID-19 with no death yet.


“This is the time for us to show collective responsibility. We have to unite, pull together as communities and follow the guidelines as set by the ministry of Health if we are to get though the crisis.” Babu said.


Uganda’s Health Ministry Announces 8 New Coronavirus Cases

The Ministry of Health has announced that Uganda has registered eight (8) new coronavirus (COVID19) cases, taking the total tally of cases in the country to nine (9). Uganda announced it's first case Saturday night.

“All the 8 cases are Ugandan nationals who travelled back from Dubai, UAE.; 2 on the 20/03/2020 & 6 on the 22/03/2020 aboard the Emirates and Ethiopian Airlines flights,” the minister for health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said at a midnight press conference.

The minister revealed that to date, a total of 2,661 travellers including Ugandans identified as potential risk have been either under self-quarantine or institutional quarantine. "Of these, 1,356 are under follow up; 774 of these are under institutional quarantine while 582 are under self-quarantine," she said.

It looks like the Ugandan authorities were not so strict on the Dubai route because it was not among the high-risk countries. Now the country is paying the ultimate price of this laxity.

President Yoweri Museveni last Wednesday announced that all travellers from the highrisk countries would be quarantined. UAE was not on the list of the countries the president readout. He had also stopped any Uganda from travelling abroad.

The minister appealed to all Ugandans who had been to Dubai in the past two weeks to call the health desk at the ministry for a check-up ‘so that they are helped and the help the public,’.

“You can get the fever (one of the symptoms of COVID19) from the second day to the fourteenth depending on your immunity,” she substantiated on how long it takes the virus to incubate.

She revealed that they have secured enough testing kits and World Health Organisation (WHO) has ordered for me.


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