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KCCA probes reports of missing Covid-19 vaccines

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KCCA has failed to account for 21,000 Covid-19 doses it received

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA has launched investigations into allegations that COVID-19 vaccines entrusted to its health centres went missing under mysterious circumstances.

Uganda received 964,000 vaccine doses which were sent to different local governments across the country to effect a vaccination drive among priority groups which included among others, teachers, security personnel, health workers, senior citizens and persons with underlying health conditions. Under this arrangement, KCCA received 200,000 doses for the priority groups in Kampala.

However, it emerged last week that KCCA had not accounted for 21,000 of the doses that it received. Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago says that they had received reports that some of the vaccines given to KCCA had gone missing, and brought the matter to the attention of the Executive Director for an investigation.

During the second meeting of the city council, Lukwago called for more COVID-19 testing such that more people can know their status. Lukwago says some councillors were found positive with COVID-19 and as the virus continues to affect more people, there is need to enhance efforts to fight it.

The newly elected City Executive Secretary John Mary Ssebufu asked the Central government to avail more money for COVID-19 to KCCA since Kampala is the current epicentre. He says that as leaders, they cannot look on as people die to a virus that has continued to grow and affect more people.

Currently, there are 65,631 confirmed COVID 19 cases, 48,649 cumulative recoveries, 508 deaths and 1,217,352 samples tested for the virus.



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