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KCCA starts investigation into missing COVID-19 vaccines

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has launched investigations into allegations that COVID-19 vaccines entrusted to its health centres went missing under mysterious circumstances.

Earlier this year, 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 Dorothy Kisaka for an investigation.

"Unconfirmed messages doing rounds on social media about some vaccines going missing from within here; I was perturbed when I read about that. I shared it with colleagues in the institution including the ED and we agreed to institute investigations to establish the veracity of the same. If indeed it's true, then it is very absurd. I don't want to indict anybody at this time, I don't want to take it as gospel truth but there was that information doing rounds in some media circles. So that is matter which is being investigated," said Lukwago. 

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 continue to look on as people die from 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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