The ill-fated taxi had reportedly been used to rescue stranded passengers in Paicho Subcounty in Gulu district after a taxi they earlier boarded from Gulu city broke down en route to Kitgum Municipality.
Kitgum District Surveillance Focal Point Person Simon Knox Okongo says that the training was aimed at easing follow up of COVID-19 patients within the community which are sometimes not easily and frequently accessed by health workers.
The health workers are part of 17 people who tested positive for the contagion today in Kitgum district according to results released from the Central Public Health Laboratory [CPHL]. Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech told URN in an interview on Friday that the positive cases are all contacts of a confirmed positive case from Lamwo district.
The Kitgum Municipality Mayor Walter Tooroma says assessments conducted by Ministry of Health on the health center for the past two months has given a negative rating, an indicator that it has not been not fully operational.
Martin Jacan Gwokto, Kitgum District Chief Administrative Officer also the Covid-19 Taskforce Resource Mobilization Chairperson disclosed on Wednesday that a total of shillings 1,484,981,390 billion is required to facilitate their operation.
Dr Geoffrey Okello, the Kitgum General Hospital Acting Superintendent acknowledged to URN in an interview on Monday that they are unable to provide hand washing facilities to clients because of their fixed budget.
He confirmed that there is still low level of sensitization about corona virus among the community members in the district coupled with limited medical supplies at the health facility.
According to reports from the Hospital accounts department, the hospital since 2017 until this financial year has raised a total of 500.2 million shillings out of which 144. 2 million was raised only within the last five months. It currently has a surplus of 35.5 million shillings in the bank account.
They had also suggested closure of the facility to pave way for investigation.
At least 1,500 traders will relocate to the defunct Kitgum Airfield on December 17, 2018, located in Pandwong Division. The vendors had rejected the transfer since 2016 arguing that the airfield is unsuitable for business because its open surrounding and distance from the business centre.