Nabakooba on Sunday said women across the country have been exceptional in Uganda’s efforts against COVID-19.
The Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Judith Nabakooba Sunday said women across the country have been exceptional in Uganda’s efforts against COVID-19.
Nabakooba made the remarks during a weekly address to the nation. She said women have provided leadership at all levels from the top national level to the households in the community.
“Women have throughout the COVID-19 pandemic women have put up a determined effort to ensure that people under their care remained safe and healthy,” the minister said.
“There is no doubt that Uganda survived the worst effects of COVID-19 because of the sacrifice that women put in.”
Explaining her statement, Nabakooba reminded of the images of women who were forced to sleep in market places during the March 2020 lockdown.
She said this was a sign that many were a complaint to president Museveni’s guidelines to minimise the spread of the COVID-19.
The minister further disclosed that because of their sacrifice, many lives were also saved and communities maintained a regular supply of food and other resources.
“We all remember the images of women in the markets and make shift restaurants who slept at their workplace. These women demonstrated strength of character, resilience and the love of their families,” Nabakooba added.
“They listened to the President’s guidance by staying at their workplaces. The important role that women are providing throughout this pandemic has not been without any challenges. We all know that even the most negative effects of COVID-19 have also been faced by women.”
Nabakooba however, said the pandemic has seen a big increase in domestic violence cases throughout the country with 80% of all these cases involving women.
This comes at a time when the country Friday welcomed the arrival of the first batch of COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccines from the global COVAX.
A total of 864,000 vaccines that arrived aboard a Fly Emirates aircraft were the first batch of the 3.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine that was donated to Uganda by the COVAX facility.
The second batch will be delivered in June.
Speaking at the airport minutes after the arrival of the vaccines, the health minister, Jane Ruth Aceng said free vaccination will start on March 10.
She said the focus will be mainly on target health workers in both public and private health facilities as well as other priority groups including the teachers.
“Other target groups in order of priority are security personnel, teachers, humanitarian frontline workers, people above 50 years with underlying conditions, people aged 18-50 with underlying conditions, and other emerging high risk and priority essential groups as more vaccine doses arrive in the country,” Aceng noted.
“Vaccination is scheduled to begin on March 10th, 2021 and we target to vaccinate 49.6% (21,936,011) of the population in a phased manner. Each phase is planned to cover 20% (4.38 million people).”
Meanwhile, this year’s International women’s day celebrations are going to be held scientifically at the State House Entebbe.
The function to be presided over by His Excellency the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni will be held under the theme; Building on Women’s Strength for a better future in a COVID-19 world.