October 20, 2021

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RDCs, CAOs face sacking over expired vaccines

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President Museveni has threatened to sack all district leaders under whose watch Covid19 vaccines expire unused by the population.

“Therefore, I now direct with immediate effect that, all RDCs, CAOs and DHOs must carry out intensive mobilization for all eligible priority groups to go for vaccination,” he said Wednesday.

They should ensure that no vaccines are wasted or left to expire, Museveni directed.

“In any district where vaccines expire, the RDC, CAO and DHO will be dismissed.”

He directed the Ministry of Health to fast track the installation of Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) oxygen plants at National (1) and Regional Referral Hospitals (15) and the cryogenic plants at 3 designated regions.

It will also prepare selected district hospitals in hard-to-reach areas and islands as treatment centres to cater for patients that have challenges accessing Regional Referral Hospitals and strengthen Home Based Care (HBC) through refresher training of VHTs and equip them with the HBC Tool kits.

The ministry will work with the Ministry of Education and Sports to ensure that schools designate their sick bays with basic Infection, Prevention and Control materials for isolation of mildly sick children once schools open.

It will strengthen decentralized response
The implementation of the preventive health measures is majorly carried out by the Local Governments.

“I therefore direct the Ministry of Local Government to ensure continuous functionality of the District and Sub-County Task Forces.”

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