The government of Uganda lost over 500,000 Covid19 doses after they expired before use.
According to news sources, the Healthy ministry failed to keep the vaccination doses within the required cold conditions of -80 degrees for them to stay active.
According to Dr. Daniel Kyabayinze, the incident commander of COVID-19 at the ministry of Health, the vaccines were taken to the Acholi region in anticipation that people would turn up for vaccination but then did not.
In Acholi, the turn-up is still low due to traditional beliefs and ignorance. A traveler from Acholi reported to Ugabuzz that people do not think that Covid19 is real.
“No! Many of them do not think that Covid19 exists. They think it’s a political issue. So most of these do not turn up for vaccination. Others think it could be global witchcraft…,” the traveler said.
Today, over 3 million Ugandans have been fully vaccinated despite the raising cases. The Omicron Variant has forced people to go for vaccination after speculations of closure of the economy if cases continue to raise.