Jackson Kinyera, the Local Council Chairperson One of the village who the reported the matter to Nwoya Central Police Station - CPS disclosed that the incident occurred during heavy downpour when dozens of mourners were attending the burial of one, Galdino Anywar, a village elder who had earlier on succumbed to terminal illness.
Grace Acayo, a concerned resident explained that suspected patients have often been sighted sending children to buy for them cigarettes and drinking water from the adjacent shops in Anaka Town Council, a practice which puts the children at the risk of picking infections and passing them onto others.
According to information by our reporter, Nwoya district received 100 boxes of 500milliliters of milk on April 15, 2020 from OPM for distribution to Corona virus suspects and patients. However, the milk was remaining with a few days for expiry on May 5th, 2020.
Jolly Joe Lapat, the Medical Superintendent Anaka hospital, says only 486 of the 769 registered clients have turned up in the past two weeks to get their drug refill. Lapat says most of their clients come from distant places with some coming from neighboring districts like Gulu, Nwoya, Zombo.
John Bosco Okullu, the Koch Goma Sub county LC 3 chairperson, told URN that his office is yet to receive the threats from residents to frustrate the programme. He said it would be unfortunate if the residents were left out of mosquito nets distribution.
Michael Ikanut, the environmental monitoring officer with the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), says the exercise is now complete and authorities are restoring the dug pit to level the surface. He says the waste removal should come as a big relief to the residents who were living in fear .
Gloria Sebikari, the senior communications officer with the Petroleum Exploration and Production Department (PEPD) says that preliminary work is now ongoing to excavate the waste, demarcate the area and document the level of destruction in order to process compensation for the family.
Obina's is the seventh suicide case in the sub-county. In October last year, elders in the area performed a cleansing ceremony with intention to exorcize the evil spirits after six people including four women committed suicide in just a space of one week.
The disease is believed to have originated from Teso region in eastern Uganda where livestock for the cattle restocking programme were brought from and distributed in the district late last month. In Teso where the outbreak started, authorities have already closed up to five livestock markets to contain further spread of the virus.
Nwoya district chairperson, Patrick Okello Oryema, has been accused of hijacking an ambulance meant for the district hospital putting patients in critical condition and those who require emergency referral at risk.