Prosecution led by the Abim Resident State Attorney, Patrick Angulipa had prayed for a deterrent sentence arguing that there was general laxity by the public to adhere to the SOPs especially wearing of masks, social distancing and washing hands hence exposing lives to the danger of COVID-19 infection.
At least 17 health workers in the district hospital tested positive out of the 79 samples taken last week. another 11 tested positive from Morulem Health Centre III. The 28 are all said to be contacts of a midwife attached to Morulem Health Centre who was admitted to Abim Hospital, while in labour.
The six were all primary contacts of a confirmed COVID -19 case who went into hiding at Awach Health Centre II leading to its closure. They had been quarantined at Abim Hospital on Monday but escaped after only three days, before the return of their samples, to prove their health status.
Abim District Health Officer Anthony Okengo says that the skin infestation is rampant across all the sub-counties affecting mostly children and elderly persons. He says currently, all health centres are treating the condition.
Abim Resident District Commissioner, RDC Samuel Hashaka Mpimbaza says the abuse of government vehicles is on the rise in the district. Mpimbaza notes that the removal of the health vehicle has greatly affected service delivery especially on handling emergencies.
Bradford Okori Abura, the hospital administrator in Abim, says that blood samples have been taken to Uganda Virus Research Institute UVRI Entebbe for further testing. He notes that the surveillance team on the ground is investigating circumstances under which the suspected child could have got measles.
State Minister for Karamoja, Janet Museveni says the prolonged dry spell in the region should be an eye opener to the Karimojong, to start planning for their families and livestock to avoid starvation.
Scores of children in Karamoja have been hit by severe acute malnutrition, which is attributed to a failed food harvest in the sub-region. Officials warn if no interventions are done, the situation may get worse.
Statistics availed to Uganda Radio Network, for the sub region from the Gender Ministry outlines death in the last 36 months, indicates that by July 2014 Amudat district had lost 64, Nakapiripirit 306, Napak 199 and Moroto 119 elders since the inception of the programme in September 2011.
James Akol, the Lotome sub County chairperson, says the situation is getting worse every day. He explains that 11 people have died in his area, Naregae village in the last few days. He identifies some of them as Angella Apalakori and Ngiro Nabur. Others are Lemukol Maria, Sagal Atukon and Mudong Atuko among others. He appeals to government to find a solution to escalating death in Napak district.