Uganda is set to receive an additional 11 million Covid-19 doses, Health Minister, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng has said.
Aceng disclosed this during an interaction with Parliament’s Covid-19 Task Force on Wednesday July 7, 2021.
Briefing MPs today, Diana Atwine, the Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, said that they have scaled up efforts to hit their target of vaccinating 22 Million by the end of next year.
“We have 286,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine coming from the Covax facility and we expect its delivery this month. It is donation. We are also getting AstraZeneca 688,000 doses, again, a donation through Covax facility. This is expected in August,” she stated.
Besides Sinovac and Johnson & Johnson, Aceng intimated that they have also ordered another nine million jabs from Covax facility although the type is not spelt out.
“We have a donation coming in from China of Sinovac 300,000 doses. We expect the delivery this month. We have already paid for the cost of flight,” she retorted.
Aceng also said that through the African Union and the Afri-Exim Bank, Government of Uganda has paid for 2 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and concluded the legal requirements.
“The suppliers, however, have not yet concluded,” Aceng said.
Information from the Health Ministry shows that as of July 4, 2021; Uganda had received the 1,139,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and a total of 1, 270, 036 doses have been administered.
Covid treatment costs
Responding to allegations that hospitals have inflated treatment costs, Aceng said that there is almost no distinction between what is charged in public and private hospitals.
“We engaged a consultant to calculate for us the cost of managing a patient in our ICU in Mulago. Incidentally the costs are not different from that of the private sector. Every patient in intensive care unit takes about Shs 3 Million per day in Mulago and those in HDU take Shs 788, 516 per day. So the costs are not any different,” Aceng observed.
That said, she told MPs that they have engaged private sector and authorized 13 Private hospitals to manage Covid-19 cases at subsidized costs.
“We arrived at three resolutions; one, that the private facilities should adhere to the guidelines to reduce the cost because they were introducing research or investigational drugs. Two, we committed to have regular quality assurance audits carried out by the councils, the Ministry of Health andthe private sector,” she pointed out.
“And lastly, Government will explore possibility of supporting the supply of oxygen to the private sector,” she concluded.
It is understood that 1,054 Ugandans are currently admitted in critical state while 24,358 mild and moderate patients are undergoing home based care.