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.