KAMPALA – A new agreement of support between the Ministry of Health, WHO Uganda, and Norway worth over 8 billion shillings to support the #COVID19 vaccine roll out in 146 districts has been signed at the Ministry headquarters this afternoon.
H.E Elin Østebø Johansen, Norway Ambassador to Uganda has said that Vaccination is the most efficient tool to beat the pandemic worldwide. Further to this, Norway will donate 285,600 vaccines to Uganda to trough #COVID19.
The project will support the vaccination of at least 2,879,100 high-risk populations eligible for vaccination.
Upon acquisition of adequate vaccine quantities, health workers, teachers, security officials, & all with comorbidities will be vaccinated with 2 doses of the #COVID19 vaccine.
To implement the project effectively, WHO will work with the Ministry of Health Incident Management Team, Makerere School of Public Health; Human Resources for Health Development Institute, Mbale; National Medical Stores and Health Information Systems Program, Uganda to implement a variety of activities.
These will include equipping teams to timely report vaccination outputs daily using the District Health Information System (#DHIS2) platform and provide real-time data from the field to the national database.
It will also have a defaulter tracking system which is expected to greatly enhance the outreach at the field level to ensure complete dose delivery.
Vaccination teams will be provided with PPE to prevent #COVID19 infection during vaccination sessions to ensure that infection prevention and control guidelines are followed, which will reduce absenteeism of health workers due to illness and improve compliance.
The project will enhance causality assessment of serious Adverse Effects Following Immunization (AEFI). The causality assessment will be undertaken by a panel of experts at the national level following a systematic process to identify the cause of AEFIs.
This is critical to ensure the scientific evaluation of potential #COVID19 vaccine-related AEFIs.
Causality assessment of AEFIs will follow WHO’s guidelines using the latest scientific basis. The findings will be disseminated using all platforms to increase vaccine demand.
A #COVID19 vaccine post-campaign coverage survey will also be conducted using the 2018 WHO vaccination coverage cluster survey reference manual.
Speaking to the media at the Ministry of Health Headquarters in Kampala, Dr. Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam the WHO representative to Uganda emphasized that even if you’re vaccinated, don’t be the reason for their infection. Protect your loved ones with all the SOPs even if you’re vaccinated. Do not only get vaccinated but follow the public health measures.