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.
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.
William Komakech, Kitgum District Resident District Commissioner told members of the district task force committee at a meeting on Thursday that students who returned home are now a high risk to the parents and community.
Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson says for the first time, the new year celebration in Acholi sub-region went on peacefully without crimes like murder, rape, and grave assault among others reported to the police.
The Resident District Commissioner William Komakech who also doubles as the Chairperson district Covid-19 taskforce says the numbers of beneficiaries submitted by LCI Chairpersons are abnormally higher than the projected district population.
In Kitgum Municipality, in particular, at least 26 COVID-19 patients had for the five days been within the communities without being linked to care after Gulu Regional Referral Hospital authorities declined to admit them. But team from the Health Ministry intervened on Thursday and evacuated COVID-19 patients for treatment outside the district.
The former Kitgum District Vice Chairperson Billy Graham Odongkara was admitted at the facility last Wednesday with the low blood pressure but died hours later Thursday morning from breathing complications.
Several of the Nrm supporters consisting of old, young, women and men wore no masks and failed to observe social distance in disregard of the health Ministry Guidelines on preventing spread of covid-19.
This comes just a few days after the district registered a total of 17 positive COVID-19 cases. Eight of the cases were registered from Apollo grounds in the Central Division, eight from Kitgum maternity home, a private health facility and one from Kitgum general hospital.