Those undergoing the test include journalists, security officers, local government officials, businessmen, development partners and health officials among others in the various taskforce subcommittees.
“The flour is almost getting spoilt, so we are thinking that it should be given or sold away to prominent people in the district so that they don’t get spoilt. When we need them, we shall get the food back because at the moment, the quarantine centers are empty,” Dr Okello says.
This is a fivefold increment in death rates compared to the 13 lives that were lost to malaria during the same period in 2019. It is also the highest record of malaria deaths in the district, over the years.
Kitgum Municipal Council Town Clerk, Emmanuel Banya says that the health workers have resumed outreach programmes on immunization, attending to HIV patients and monitoring Village Health team [VHT] activities.
But Dr Geoffrey Okello, the Acting Medical Superintendent at Kitgum General Hospital says the health workers stopped reporting to the facility almost a week ago, after indicating that they intended to conduct immunization and other activities in Padwong.
Dr Pamela Atim Okot, the Medical Director of Kitgum General Hospital also acknowledged that if more COVID-19 cases are registered in the district, they may not be able to accommodate more than 12 cases.
Sources told Uganda Radio Network that the Commissioner and his team arrived Kitgum on May 25. They allegedly met some members of the district task force and other health workers, toured Kitgum General Hospital Maternity Ward, and were hosted for a talk show on one of the radio stations.
Initially, the district COVID-19 task force halted plans to equip the treatment centre after the Health Ministry directed that all COVID-19 positive patients are treated at regional referral hospitals. Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, in particular, has been managing COVID-19 patients within the Acholi Sub-region.
Charles Byamugisha Maserino, the Sector Intelligence Officer for Kitgum and Lamwo districts noted that Lamwo district officials have requested to relocate some suspects to Kitgum due to space challenges.
Dr Pamela Atim Okot, the Executive Director of St Joseph’s Hospital Kitgum says there is a need to consider the risks health workers are enduring at the moment and determine an appropriate allowance. She notes that allocating 20,000 Shillings for a health worker in high-risk situations may not be right citing that they may deserve probably 80,000 Shillings.
Julius Mpande, the officer in Charge of Operations at Kitgum Central Police station in his reports says the victim attacked one of their police officers while resisting arrest and made attempts to disarm him.
David Aisu, the Kitgum District Internal Security Officer-DISO, says that they received credible reports indicating that some of the suspects had begun pairing up in quarantine. He notes that the suspects were living freely at the facility and making contacts with each other.
Quirino Olum, the Orom Sub County Chairperson and LCV Councilor Abraham Aturu were put under mandatory 14 days quarantine at St Joseph Hospital Kitgum on Tuesday following a decision reached at by Task-force members.