The deceased, an elderly man who was referred from a health facility in Pandwong Division reportedly succumbed to COVID-19 complications at about 5 pm on Wednesday. However, his body remained on his death bed for close to 20 hours, until it was handed over to the relatives on Thursday afternoon.
However, at Lira Regional Referral Hospital, Dr. Stephen Obbo, the hospital’s director says over 90% of the staff there has been vaccinated. Adding that efforts are underway to ensure that the remaining percentage also receive the jab.
Simon Knox Okongo, Kitgum District Surveillance Focal Point Person told Uganda Radio Network in an interview Thursday that one of the recovered patients has now tested positive for covid-19 for the fourth time consistently.
Two weeks ago, the government deferred 691 names of beneficiaries from Kitgum Municipality citing a mismatch in details provided on their contacts and National Identity Numbers-NINs. The beneficiaries were part of the 3,675 vulnerable people registered for government support, within the three divisions of Pager, Central, and Pandwong in Kitgum Municipality.
The government imposed a second lockdown in mid-June following a spike in COVID-19 infections and deaths. It also issued several restrictions among them the suspension of public transport, which were lifted on Friday with taxis now advised to carry only 50 per cent of their licenced capacity.
Simon Knox Okongo, the Kitgum District Surveillance Focal Point Person says for nearly a week now, only about 20 people voluntarily turned up for RDT and PCR test in three designated Covid-19 testing centers.
The vendors, especially women, argue that the markets they are operating from are unhealthy, insecure and have poor structures, which could make them vulnerable to contracting diseases and falling prey to criminals.
The funding is needed to implement COVID-19 control measures for six months beginning July to December 2021. It will cover costs for coordination and leadership, case management, Infection Control and Prevention, Surveillance and contact tracing, mental health, and psychosocial support as well as Risk Communication and Social Mobilization.
The directive was issued at the pronouncement of a 42-day lockdown in which movement is restricted within districts, and curfew hours adjusted to 7 p.m. According to President Yoweri Museveni, staying in Markets will help traders keep coronavirus at bay since they will be stationed in one place, while equally protecting the rest of the family members.
Yoweri Idiba, the Acting District Health Officer for City revealed that they have only one ambulance attached to the Regional Referral Hospital. The same ambulance services benefit patients in neighboring districts of Omoro, Gulu, Amuru and Nwoya to evacuate patients amid resource constraints.
A survey conducted by URN in markets in Lira City, the demand for fruits especially oranges and tamarin is on the rise. The price of other commodities that include ginger, garlic, red pepper, and lemongrass has also increased.
Janet Akello, the Speaker of Olilim sub-county, says that the rest of the staffs have been asked to work from home for now. She, however, says that this is likely to affect service delivery since the offices were closed abruptly without any briefing.
The intervention comes after the district is reportedly recording an upsurge in the cases of COVID-19 infections yet the residents are reluctant to observe the Standard Operating Procedures -SOPs and health ministry`s guidelines to contain the spread of the disease.
Christopher Omara, the Otuke Resident District Commissioner who is also chairperson District Task Force explained that the LCIs should ensure that a maximum of 5 people are allowed at a water point at a go.
The restrictions have affected the demand for livestock products by restaurants, street vendors and other institutions. The six weekly cattle markets in the Lango sub-region include Amac, Apala, Aswa, Alito, Ajuri, and Barrio.