In the past two weeks, the district has registered over 30 covid-19 positive cases from within the community and a few from the Elegu border post. Initially, the district was registering 5 to 10 cases since the beginning of the year.
Peter Odok, the officer in charge of Okidi Health Center II in Atiak Sub County wonders why the government is rushing to vaccinate Ugandans when there is no clear information about the effectiveness of the vaccines. He cites other countries that recently suspended the use of AstraZeneca vaccines due to the serious side-effects on recipients of the vaccine. Odok says they are very skeptical and demands for more knowledge and assurance before he can take his vaccination.
Geoffrey Oceng Osborn, Amuru deputy resident district commissioner who also doubles as the chair COVID-19 Task Force says that the additional funds will be meant for fuel, purchase food for suspects in quarantine centres among others.
Dr Patrick Odong Olwedo, says as a result, there are delays in tracking community cases, transporting cases and samples for tests as well limited community engagement as far as risk communication is concerned. He says this is increasing the risk of spreading the contagion.
The town which shares a common border with South Sudan, approximately 100 kilometres north of Gulu has in recent weeks recorded a spike in COVID-19 positive cases mostly among truck drivers entering Uganda from South Sudan.
On a daily basis, between 300 to 1,000 cargo trucks are cleared by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and the immigration department at Elegu border post, on a continuing journey to South Sudan. However, the Minister observed that there is laxity among the border community who need adequate and timely knowledge about the threats posed by the global killer pandemic.