The WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier has stressed that data suggesting that Omicron was highly transmissible was only preliminary and repeated advice against blanket travel bans, except for countries whose health systems were unable to withstand a surge in infections.
The heightened enforcement stemmed from last week’s task force resolution which resolved that people not adhering to the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs will be arrested and charged under the Public Health Act.
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.
While addressing the COVID-19 task force meeting on Thursday, Kareiga informed the team that the circulation of fake vaccination cards has been recorded at Lira Regional Referral Hospital. He however did not disclose the number of people involved in the unscrupulous deal for fear of jeopardizing investigations.
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.
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.
Dr Paska Apiyo disclosed with the spike in new cases, the unit is being operated by only eight personnel; 4 nurses, a medical doctor and a physician including two cleaners saying work volume has over stretched them.
Dr. Paska Apio, a physician in charge of the COVID-19 Treatment Unit, says the situation is alarming and may lead to more community transmissions. Through tests, she says patients with severe illness may be evacuated for treatment, which will not be the case if those seeking care are not tested.
The Rubanda District Health Officer, Dr. Abdon Birungi, says that after registering the first Covid19 case in the facility, they decided to take samples from 33 inmates and prison warders for testing at the Uganda Virus Research Institute.
According statistics obtained from the surveillance and case management committed, there 28 active cases that have not been evacuated for treatment in Omoro; 35 in Gulu, 7 in Nwoya, 15 in Amuru, 6 in Lamwo, 5 in Kitgum and 168 in Aswa Hydropower Dam.
Amidst Misunderstandings of the details of the recent directives by president Museveni about the reopening of religious worship places, Muslims today flocked several mosques to attend Juma prayers for the first time in 6 months since march this year when every sector went on lockdown in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic.
The patients from Kitgum District had been denied admission at the referral treatment unit on Monday due to space limitations. On Thursday, they travelled to Gulu from where the Ministry of Health had sent a bus to transport them to treatment facilities in Kampala.
The Judiciary spokesperson, Jameson Karemani, says that as the courts reopen, all court sessions and activities will ensure that there is no physical contact of any kind between the general public and inmates, and no crowding at either prison facilities or at court premises.
Don-Mark Kayiiwa, a taxi driver at Salaama Stage in Kisenyi, says there is a high likelihood of clashing with passengers over transport fares. He calls for government intervention to prepare the public for hiked transport fares because of the prevailing circumstances.
The staffs are concerned that while the COVID-19 pandemic is claiming lives in different parts of the world, Soroti Hospital isn’t providing enough protection to health workers to enable them to execute their duties. URN has learnt that the facility has been receiving only 20 pieces of masks every week against the total number of 34 staff on duty each day.