The Ministry of Health has decried the low uptake of COVID-19 vaccines revealing that many doses will expire next year.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Ruth Aceng has told members of parliament in today's plenary sitting that due to low uptake of COVID-19 vaccines, by February 2024, 7,567,200 vaccine doses within Uganda will have expired.
While in parliament, Bukanga North MP, Hon Nathan Byanyima said COVID-19 is no longer a threat saying the Ministry of Health has become a financial bottomless pit and urged the ministry to stop using the pandemic as an excuse to siphon taxpayers’ money. Hon Nathan Byanyima said since COVID-19 is no longer a threat no one should be interested in being vaccinated now.
Hon Rose Obigah who is the Terego District Woman MP asked the Ministry of Health to explain why it has become a normal for drugs to expire under their watch. She asked the Ministry to explain to parliament how they can make use of drugs before they expire.
Buvuma County MP, Hon Robert Migadde wondered why testing COVID-19 is only done when guests are going to meet the President. He said that nowadays the way COVID-19 testing is being done, it is more political, where testing is only done when guests are going to meet the President and that when there is a national function that is going to bring different people from many parts of the country and provided the President isn’t going to be there, there is no COVID-19 testing. He demanded to know from the Ministry whether the COVID-19 in Uganda is presidential.