In Soroti, health officials have taken the coronavirus vaccination program to socialization regions in order to reach out to a larger number of individuals in the communities.
The discovery comes as a result of the region’s poor COVID-19 vaccination uptake, despite an increase in the number of infections. According to statistics from Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, which houses the region’s COVID-19 treatment center, 14 people test positive for the virus per day on average.
In the Teso subregion, Soroti has the highest number of COVID-19 cases, followed by Serere, Ngora, Kumi, Kaberamaido, and Kalaki districts. The majority of those who test positive are unvaccinated, according to doctors at the main hospital.
As a novel strategy to close the gap, the COVID-19 taskforce at the main hospital has launched outreaches to venues such as bars, trading centers, markets, churches, and other gatherings to increase vaccination rates.
According to Dr. Wilson Etolu, the COVID-19 focal point person at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, the decision was made due to a low turnout for the immunization activity.
Dr. Etolu was speaking at a popular pub in Soroti City West division’s Pamba ward, where medics had set up a vaccination site on Sunday.
After meeting with medics at the hospital, George Otomet, the team leader of Opolok bar in Pamba, said he gathered his colleagues for the immunization exercise. He stated that the majority of his members had been unable to receive vaccinations due to huge lines at the hospital, particularly in the morning hours.
One of the locals who was vaccinated at the Pamba drinking spot, Geoffrey Ochana, said he was skeptical about the vaccination until his companions persuaded him to take it. After receiving his first injection, Ochana instructed the medics to extend their services to places of worship and other regions where people live.
Only 8,186 people have been immunized in Soroti district by September 9, 2021, with only 2,186 receiving both vaccines. The vaccination objective for the entire area is 175,000 individuals.