Hours after the travel ban came to effect, there has been the heavy deployment of armed police officers and Uganda People’s Defence Forces soldiers (UPDF) and the erection of roadblocks at various district boundaries across the country.
William Komakech, Kitgum District Resident District Commissioner told members of the district task force committee at a meeting on Thursday that students who returned home are now a high risk to the parents and community.
According to health experts, the AstraZeneca vial can be re-refrigerated but after first opening, the cumulative storage time at room temperature must not exceed 6 hours and the total cumulative storage time must not exceed 48 hours.
Health officials in the district disclosed that more than 500 people were vaccinated on Monday, the highest number recorded in a single day since the vaccination exercise kicked off on May 17, this year. William Komakech, the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner told Uganda Radio Network-URN on Tuesday that the vaccine uptake has shot up rapidly since the end of last week.
Kitgum District health department received 3,120 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the Health Ministry in March this year. However available statistics show that only 1,066 doses of the vaccines have been used representing only 34.2 percent of the total vaccines released to five health facilities in the district.
Jenne Achola, a resident of Bongolaku village in Labongo Akwang Sub-county, Kitgum District is among parents in the region who aren’t happy with what they perceive as government reluctance to revitalize treatment of nodding syndrome patients.
Hellen Laryang, a mango farmer who owns more than 30 mango trees in Dure central village in Latanya Sub-county, in Pader District notes that several tons of mangoes are rotting away in her orchard because she doesn’t have markets.
According to the draft budget, Education and sports took the lion share of shillings 13.2 billion followed by health and environment at shillings 7 billion, administration at 4.7 billion and production and marketing at shillings 4.5 billion.
According to Lapyem, the district initially used to allocate a shillings 63,000,000 of their budget on wages and facilitation for district councilors in each financial year but with the number increasing from 23 to 42 leaders implies that their entitlement would require shillings 132,000,000 translating to a shillings 69,000,000 funding gap.
Margaret Acayo, the division secretary for finance says they last received their honorarium in the 2019/2020 financial year and information indicates that their entitlement for this financial year was remitted to the municipality although it has never reached the intended beneficiaries.
The equipment worth over 32,000 US dollars that were stolen includes 23 gate valves, 18 adapters flanges, 6 T-flanges and 8 taper flanges while 9 manhole inspection covers have since been vandalized by yet unknown people.