According to Dr Layoo, only four offices among them that of the Resident District Commissioner, District Health Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and District Chairperson will remain open for daily businesses.
This follows the failure by the district to provide proper accountability for 224 million Shillings disbursed in the financial year 2018/2019 to support activities in the health and education department.
Pader District Vector Control Officer William Sam Oyet called for urgent government intervention citing that the flies are reported to be responsible for the outbreak of nodding syndrome. Although the real cause of nodding syndrome is not yet known, the Ministry of Health through several scientific research conducted attributes its cause to black flies that are dominant along the Aswa River.
Adiyo a resident of Pajule Town Council says expectant mothers are referred to facilities like St Mary’s Hospital Lacor in Gulu and Kalongo Hospital in Agago district to access ultra sound, more than 70 Kilometers away.
Philip Odong, a farmer in Laguti Sub County attributes the acute food shortage to floods that swept across the district in May and June. He explains that the floods destroyed his two acres of staple cassava gardens including beans.
Geoffrey Largo Oringa, the Pader District LC5 Chairperson LC5, says that the staff shortage has also been compounded by some health workers who go for further studies without the authorization from the district.
James Opira, a teacher in Atanga Primary school says many parents he has interacted with believe that school teachers are untrained to handle children with low cognitive abilities. Although nodding syndrome has been reported in Gulu, Kitgum, Oyam, Pader, Agago and parts of Lira district, only Gulu and Kitgum have a rehabilitation centers for children affected by the disease.
Police officers said that Odong died in the hands of medical workers at Pader Health Center III where he had been taken for medical attention. The officers, who accused one of nurses at the facility of negligence, abandoned the dead body at the facility causing public uproar and demonstrations.
Police in Pader district have arrested Dr. Alex Olwedo, the District Health Officer over missing funds meant for Primary Health Care. The funds were meant to finance activities in Porogali Health center II in Latanya Sub County.
The tentative rate ranges between Shs 10,000 and Shs 150,000. Residences, which are considered to generate the least amount of garbage, will pay an equivalent of about Shs 1,000 or less every month. This however has to be endorsed by the district council and the Attorney General, before it is operationalized, Otim says.
Ten female minors suffering from the debilitating nodding syndrome in Pader district have been defiled within the last three weeks. According to Caritas, a Catholic charity organization working to protect children in the district, some of the perpetrators have since been apprehended and remanded at Kineni government Prison.