By Ivan Mwine
Untold panic has cropped up amongst several Ugandans after the Ministry of Health announced that the country has run out of COVID-19 vaccines, at a time when infection rates have reached alarming levels.
A message from the Ministry of Health confirming the shortage of COVID-19 vaccines at all government health facilities and other treatment centres which has been shared on social media and mobile phones states thus;
“Confirmed by @MinofHealthUG: Virtually all the hospitals in Kampala have run out of vaccine stock. The govt of Uganda has ordered another 175,000 doses. Might be delivered this week. The Ministry is also retrieving unused vaccines from low demand districts upcountry to Kampala.”
This however comes at a time when the Ministry is registering an increase in infection cases from across the country.
According to information from the Ministry of Health, results of COVID-19 tests done on 4 June 2021 confirmed 1,259 new cases out of 7,289 samples tested, bringing the cumulative confirmed cases to 52,935.
Out of these, 9 new COVID-19 deaths were registered, bringing the total number of deaths to 383.
Currently, the Ministry has 634 Active Cases on admission at health facilities which are being monitored.
We have since established that several Ugandans who got their first COVID-19 jabs are stranded after they were told by medics that the country run out of vaccines when they went to receive the second ones.
Officials from the Ministry urge that due to the rapid increase of COVID-19 cases and widespread community transmission, members of the public are encouraged to follow Standard Operation Procedures(SOPs) at all times.