President Yoweri Museveni says that although the initial measures had limited the ban to public transport, a number of private vehicle owners had abused the option and continued transporting people to towns, thus spreading Coronavirus Disease.
Gulu district has so far responded to 36 suspected cases of Coronavirus. 17 of these received discharge certificates after completomg the 14-days’ mandatory quarantine as required by the Health Ministry.
According to a press release by President Yoweri Museveni’s press team, the teleconference that was held today was attended by presidents; Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti, Abiy Ahmed Ali, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Mohamed Abdullahi of Somalia, Abdallah Hamdok, the Prime Minister of Sudan and Riek Machar, the Vice President of South Sudan.
Bunyangabu Resident District Commissioner Jane Asiimwe, who was part of the operation says that the district Covid-19 Rapid Response Team was struggling to do its job due to lack of vehicles. She explains that the district has only two vehicles that were used by a team of over ten members to traverse the whole district in response to alerts in relation to COVID-19.
As part of the guidelines, countries are advised to identify essential services that will be prioritized in their efforts to maintain continuity of service delivery and make strategic shifts to ensure that increasingly limited resources provide maximum benefit for the population.
This is to ensure that testing kits are not wasted on people with different ailments who do not meet the case definition of COVID-19. According to the World Health Organisation, most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and develop fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea.
Dr. Ssekabogo, notes that the district has already training for all lavatory technicians ad epidemic responses focal person on how to collect the sample from suspects. “We have received all the logistical support Uganda virus research institute and this has made our job easy. So far we have collected samples from over 100 people whom with have been tracing."
James Arana, the village chairman of Ajenit in Olwa Sub County says his people have remained adamant to the health precautions as well as the Presidential Directives to contain the virus. He notes that instead, three more bars have recently opened in his village and many people crowding in the trading centers every evening.
The bizarre incident occurred around 2pm on Sunday after a 23-year-old woman from Kasua village in Pajulu Sub County, whose names have been withheld by URN, gave birth to a bounding baby girl at the health center.
Associate Professor Alex Ariho, the Director-General of Excel Hort Consult Agribusiness incubator in Biharwe, says that farmers need to borrow a leaf from religious leaders who have embraced social media tools and platforms to maintain contact with their flock.
Hoima Resident District Commissioner-RDC Samuel Kisembo who doubles as the Chairperson of the Coronavirus task force committee for Hoima district told Uganda Radio Network on Monday that the district is taking precautionary measures to ensure that any detected cases are controlled before spreading the virus in the community.
Olanya told URN this morning that he will provide Shillings 2.2 each week for the purchase of hand washing utilities including Jik and soap and face masks for health workers at the eighteen Health Centers in his constituency.
A random check by our reporter to Layibi Market in Layibi Division, Cereaeno Market in Pece Division and Gulu Main Market in Laroo Division, as well as a cross-section of pharmacies around
the town, shows that prices have now been hiked, as the stock also dwindles.
Salim Komakech, the Kwania Resident District Commissioner, who doubles as the Coronavirus District Taskforce Chairperson, says the isolation centre will help them to keep suspects in one place and screen them.
Dr. Romeo Aupal Okidi, the Vice president of the of the Federation of Uganda Medical Interns who also works at the Mbale Regional Referral Hospital told our reporter that Patients stopped coming to hospital when the medical workers were few and they were no longer receiving the medical services.
Geoffrey Sserunjogi, the Kame Valley Market Chairperson, says they had no option to act before higher authorities close the entire market. He says they severally reminded the traders on the need to implement the preventives measures announced by government against COVID19.
Titus Jogo, the Adjumani Refugee Desk Officer told URN over the weekend that they receive between 30-34 South Sudanese nationals on daily basis. He explained that the refugees enter Uganda through the porous border, which stretches from Moyo to Lamwo district.