Paul Mugisa, a rehabilitation expert in Kampala says the country is faced with the challenge of drug abuse but the hidden problem has not yet been addressed by the government which spends a lot on treatment costs.
The District Health Office, Dr. Serino Acar says the money is needed to support VHTS and village chairperson on case finding as well as support the district health systems on response and management mechanisms.
Kotido District Chairperson Ambrose Lotukei said the district response system needs to be supported following the breakdown of the two ambulances. He says that with no standby ambulance, the district authorities can hardly respond to any of the alerts from the communities.
Amudat District Health Officer Dr Peter Kusolo is optimistic that with the upgrade, the community of Amudat will access more specialized services such as laboratory, surgical and maternity. He is hopeful that this will also curtail maternal deaths.
The vaccination started on Monday, targeting to cover 85, 000 people across the district. However, the vaccination team says, in a report released on Sunday, June 21, that only 78 per cent of the target were received. 4 per cent of those vaccinated are children under one year.
Cholera was confirmed in Moroto district on May 12 by the acting District Health Officer Charles Onyang Omuudu after seven out of eight samples tested positive. The disease has so far claimed three lives, and according to Omuudu, the cases have since escalated to 370.
There are four border districts in Karamoja including Moroto, Amudat, Kaabong and Karenga which share a common border with South Sudan and Kenya. However, as South Sudan and Kenya register more COVID –19 cases, there are growing concerns of importation of the virus through the border posts in Karamoja.
Police at Naggalama intercepted the A-plus Funeral Management Service vehicle that was transporting the body to Kayunga, on the orders of the Ministry of Health. Subsequently, the Ministry of Health recommended that the deceased be buried by a professional team from the Uganda Red Cross Society to avoid any kind of exposure to family and the community.
The sub-county Chairperson Hudson Kiyaga says that the landing site was overly congested making it hard for them to maintain social distancing recommendations. According to the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation, individuals are supposed to maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from any person who is coughing or sneezing.
Ayubu Ssegunga, the Chairperson Uganda Private Clinics and Drug Shops Association, says majority of the Private Clinic and drug shop operators focus on money at the expense of professionalism. He says to create a disease free community all medical practitioners regardless of their level should abide by the health Ministry guidelines and preventive measures against COVID19.
Ramadhan Ndhego, the Head Principal St Elizabeth Institute of Health Professionals explains that they needed about Shillings 40 million to organize the graduation ceremony last eat but failed to raise the money.
Dr. Anthony Kkonde, the Municipality Health Inspector, says they embarked on the construction with Shillings 300 million donated to them by the president in 2015 for renovation but the resources ran out before the work could be completed.