HOPE AS CONTRACTORS JOIN COVID19 VACCINATION DRIVE
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By Isaac Wandubile
Uganda National Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors (UNABCEC) has today kick-started its Covid19 vaccination drive as the organization seeks to support government’s efforts to inoculate a substantial number of citizens before the full reopening of the economy.
In his latest address on the Covid19 response, President Yoweri Museveni made it clear that he would only fully reopen the economy when at least 4.8 million Ugandans have been vaccinated.
Now, to support the vaccination campaign, UNABCEC has partnered with Ministry of Health (MoH), through Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), to set up a Covid19 Vaccination Center at the association’s Secretariat Office at the UMA Showgrounds Lugogo.
By putting up this center, UNABCEC – the 28-year-old non-profit, member-driven, national trade association representing genuine contractors, and other companies and organizations engaged in construction in Uganda – hopes to scale up accessibility to the vaccine and convenience as the association brings the service closer to the people.
Speaking during the kick starting ceremony at Lugogo, Elizabeth Muhebwa, the UNABCEC Executive Director, noted that the coronavirus pandemic has affected many economies around the globe, and that Uganda has not been spared since many sectors, including construction, have been hit hard.
Contractors have particularly been affected because of the restrictions on transport of workers and materials as well as government’s decision to prioritize Covid19 interventions, resulting in delayed payments for various projects.
According to the UNABCEC boss, the vaccination drive will run up to October 28, 2021, after which another round will be announced for those who will have got the first dose to receive their second jab.
“This first cohort of vaccination will take place every Thursday from 9:00am to 4:00pm starting today October 14, 2021 up to October 28, 2021 and it is expected to cover about 2,100 people,” added Muhebwa.
The association’s ED further revealed that different centers will be put at several sites across the country, thanks to the generosity of contractors under UANBCEC, a 386-member association whose core mandate is improving performance in the construction contracting sector by championing better regulation and enhancing operational integrity.
“UNABCEC is committed to ensuring the wellbeing of its members, their families and workers. Keeping our workers safe is the best way to make sure our industry is playing the lead role in rebuilding Uganda’s economy,” she emphasized. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at email@example.com).