Several shops, operators of food-eating joints, money changers at both sides of the border are now operating with water points placed at their entrances; to enable people to wash their hands before entering.
According to Richard Muhindo, the Principal investigator on the study in which researchers assessed 240 female and 100 male sex workers from Kampala and Mbarara, even as these males are not seeking testing services they are also not using condoms in their encounters. He says the respondents were asked about their last sexual encounter and test for syphilis and HIV and they found whereas 85% of women acknowledged using condoms at the last sexual encounter, only 34% of males used protection.
Francis Ayo, the chairperson of Ilera Cell Village, Agulu Division in Apac Municipality, says he received only 155 out of the 349 mosquito nets he was expecting for his area, a reason why he refused to take it.
Patrick Ocaya, the district operation supervisor in charge of mosquito nets distribution says a validation exercise conducted captured 363,632 people as beneficiaries, an excess of 25,454 people above the micro-planning figure.
At St Anne’s hospital, the overly flooded compound and houses is now being used as a fishing ground by communities whose gardens were submerged by water. Patients who used to visit both facilities have now turned to Alworoceng HC II for health services.
Rose Wakikona, a senior programme officer at the Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development-CEHURD says that the government should be ashamed of the way it has treated health workers during this pandemic. She says their rights as health workers have been abused due to government's failure to provide adequate PPE in time for all health workers.
In her World AIDS message, Byanyima said even today, more than 12 million people are still waiting to get on HIV treatment and 1.7 million people became infected with HIV in 2019 because they could not access essential services.
Dr Edmond Acheka, the Assistant DHO in-charge of maternal and child health says that the tents can accommodate 60 beds. He adds that they are going to boost their capacity to admit more patients especially from within the local community.
Tony Kujawa, the Kampala US Embassy Spokesperson, says the program will support Uganda’s health sector at the national, regional, district and facility levels to combat the HIV pandemic. Kujawa says the facilities were identified for their capability in promoting access to quality health care services across the country.
Dr Mathew Emer, the Apac District Health Officer says locking the area that consists of over 5,000 residents in the nine villages will help the medical team trace over 100 contacts to the six confirmed cases.
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.
Orem says during the last four months, they have had to refer some suspected COVID cases for testing elsewhere. While all their referrals finally tested negative, he said cancer patients are at risk of getting fatally affected by COVID-19 and yet the doctors who work on them also risk being exposed especially when they have to conduct surgeries.