Ballington Olweny P’Ongwech, the District Secretary for Health disclosed that the tent was erected at the facility’s compound to provide more space for treating asymptomatic patients, but the shelter was blown away by a violent storm.
The community health workers will be mainly involved in monitoring and communicating updates about the infections and conditions of patients, educate the people about COVID-19 and its symptoms, and advise the families when to seek medical attention.
Dr. Kenneth Canna, the Acting District Health Officer disclosed that while there is a notable decline in the infection rates there is need for continuous strengthening of information dissemination on COVID-19 to the public by health workers.
Dr. Patrick Odong Olwedo, the Amuru District Health Officer – DHO who also doubles as the Secretary to the Task Force says that although the district hasn’t recorded many cases of community infections; the resolution is aimed at flattening the epidemiological curve of the contagion.
Dr Odong, says health workers had to come first to show an example to the general public to embrace the exercise. He rubbished misinformation making rounds on social media about the vaccines, saying the vaccines underwent all the required standard tests before approval.
Yemima Semira Elisama, the Chairperson of Nimule Women Cross Border Trader’s Association says that due to the biting effects of the COVID-19 lockdown measures, some traders were forced to smuggle goods through the porous borders from where 12 of them were raped.
A senior police officer who preferred anonymity explained that 28 of the 34 personnel deployed for the operation have deserted the mission. They cited lack of protective gears like gumboots; rain courts and tents.
Masimo Opiyo, the Executive Director of Comboni Samaritans, says teenage motherhood has overtime presented a huge challenge for the region spanning over three decades right from the early 90s during the height of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army - LRA rebellion.
The Linglong bus registration number UG-0391H, attached to the Ministry of Health was evacuating 25 patients from Kitgum District to the national treatment centres in Kampala. The patients were on Monday turned away from Gulu Regional Referral Hospital due to space constraints.
Bishop Janani Loum, the regional in-charge of surveillance and case management at the facility explains that the shortage of essential medical supplies is a result of the surge in the number of patients and their contacts in the community.
Simon Wokorach, the Chairperson of Gulu City Boda-boda Association, says they have recorded numerous complaints from various cyclists, majority of whom are from Omoro, Nwoya, Amuru, Oyam, Pader and Kole Districts. He says they have reported the matter to police for further inquiries.
The airport, established in the 1960s' was only active between 1986 to 2006, when it was often used for the transport armaments and humanitarian aid and workers, at the height of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency in Northern Uganda.
Okema said that they registered 100 cases of domestic violence in June alone, of which three were aggravated in nature and resulted in death, 42 defilement cases, seven rape and three murders, among others. Police records show that cases of aggravated domestic violence; defilement, rape and murder are on the rise.
Parents say that children with the condition in parts of northern Uganda are suffering from marginalization, longstanding stigma and social exclusion from within their families and communities. Based on their skin colour, they are feared, held with suspicion and believed to have supernatural powers.
Some of the infectious waste include used face masks; syringes, hand gloves, blades, medicinal wastes, and other associated wastes arising from services produced in the course of COVID-19 healthcare activities.