Chilanga records low intake of COVID-19 vaccines

Chilanga District Health Director, Leah Namonje, has disclosed that people have started refusing to receive the COVID-19 vaccines after the lifting of restrictions by the Ministry of Health.

Speaking during the District Development Coordinating Committee (DDCC) meeting, Dr. Namonje said the district recorded 32 positive COVID-19 cases in the third quarter of 2022.

Dr. Namonje however said the target for COVID- 19 was 3000 tests in the third quarter and the department managed to conduct 2,431 tests of which 32 tested positive. 

“The Ministry of Health lifted restrictions on mandatory face masking, social distancing and public gatherings. The move has now affected testing and vaccinations in the district as people believe that the virus has ended and yet it is still with us,” she pointed out.

She stated that the department conducted a third round of door to door COVID- 19 and polio vaccination campaigns in the months of July and August which had a positive response.

Dr. Namonje further disclosed that 499 women were screened for cervical cancer during the same period and that 16 tested positive.

She said the 16 women have since been treated in various government health facilities adding that more outreach programmes will be conducted to encourage more women in the district to get screened.