Kitgum district received 3,120 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines. But, statistical data obtained from the district health department indicates that by Sunday, April 25, only 537 people had been vaccinated. The data indicates that out of the registered 720 health workers, only 192 have received the jab, 144 teachers had received the jab against the targeted 1,189 and only 47 security personnel have been vaccinated.
The Senior Hospital Administrator Bezzy Peter Omoya says that funds from the government for the Primary Health Care-PHC non-wage funding has been reduced from 98 Million Shillings to 76 million shillings in the last quarter.
Close to 80 percent of non-essential staff at the district headquarters and sub-counties were advised to work from home in a directive issued by Chief Administrative Officer Martin Jacan Gwokto in August last year.
Bezy Omoya, Senior Hospital Administrator at Kitgum General Hospital told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that the hospital has for the last three cycles been faced with undersupply of drugs and medical supplies.
Records at the district health department indicate the facility has been receiving 17 Million Shillings every financial year, however, funding has now dropped to a meagre 7 million shillings in the last quarter.
Alfred Akubo, the Kitgum District Drug Inspector disclosed this during a stakeholder’s engagement convened by the National Drug Authority (NDA) to sensitize the public, drug shop owners and pharmacists on compliance and standards.
Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson says for the first time, the new year celebration in Acholi sub-region went on peacefully without crimes like murder, rape, and grave assault among others reported to the police.
The Eye Care Unit worth 417 million Shillings is being undertaken by Deg Bedo Company Ltd with funding support from the Christina Blind Mission (CBM). It will comprise of a theatre, an outpatient department, wards for both adults and children, among others.
Patrick Ocaya, the district operation supervisor in charge of mosquito nets distribution says a validation exercise conducted captured 363,632 people as beneficiaries, an excess of 25,454 people above the micro-planning figure.
Richard Ocitti, the LCI Bongo-Laku ward in Tumangu village told Uganda Radio Network in an interview on Sunday that the suspect lured the minor to his room on Friday while she was playing with her friends.
Christopher Opoka 60, a resident of Labworomo village says they only have a single source of unclean water shared by all the locals in the village.
He says the challenge has forced many to resort to trek a long distance to Pager river which is also shared with cattle.
Dr Pamela Atim Okot, the Medical Director of St Joseph’s Hospital Kitgum told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that overwhelming cases of eye complications in the region necessitated calls for the facility. The most common are eye trauma, refractive errors in children and adults, retinal degeneration, allergic and bacterial conjunctivitis, cataract and glaucoma.
The Resident District Commissioner William Komakech who also doubles as the Chairperson district Covid-19 taskforce says the numbers of beneficiaries submitted by LCI Chairpersons are abnormally higher than the projected district population.
Fred Owot, the Kitgum District Education Officer says the Ministry of Education had promised to provide all finalist and candidates with two free facemasks before schools reopen but failed to deliver them.
In Kitgum Municipality, in particular, at least 26 COVID-19 patients had for the five days been within the communities without being linked to care after Gulu Regional Referral Hospital authorities declined to admit them. But team from the Health Ministry intervened on Thursday and evacuated COVID-19 patients for treatment outside the district.