Dr. Moses Ebong, the Kwania District Health Officer says that since the government declared the lockdown to contain the second wave of COVID-19, the number of people seeking medical services has dropped.
The district registered 59 cases in the past three weeks, including eight health workers that were all referred to Lira Regional Referral hospital for treatment raising fear among the frontline health workers.
Jimmy Uhuru, the LCI chairperson of Aduku Township cell says they are concerned on the growing numbers of the witch-doctors who migrate mainly from Masindi, Kiryandongo and Nakasongola districts and illegally settle in their area.
LAbout 539.3 hectares of the total 1,012 hectares of wetland in Kwania is already encroached on by residents. The leaders are also accusing LCI Chairpersons of frustrating efforts in the fight against encroachment on wetlands.
Emyooga was launched in August 2019 by President Museveni to spur a shift from subsistence to market-oriented production. The government set aside 260 billion Shillings to bankroll the program with each constituency meant to receive 560 million shillings
Last month a circular from the Ministry of Finance was sent to Chief Administrative Officers across the country directing them not to include DDEG in their budget for the next financial year because the government is introducing the new Parish Development Model where funds will be sent directly to the parishes instead of sub-counties, effective July 1.
According to Opio, they have registered more than 100 cases of child abuse since this year began. Seventy of these are defile cases from Abongomola, Aduku, and Inomo sub-counties. He says that they are working closely with parents, local leaders, Police and different Civil Society Organisations to address the challenge.
The Cooperative which deals in soya beans, maize, simsim and other cereal crops, plans to construct a store that will be used by the members to bulk their farm produce for sale, however the Coop does not have adequate resources to implement the plan.
The consignment is part of the 100 bags of beans, 200 bags of maize flour, 500 pieces of blankets and 300 pieces of tarpaulins that was sent to the district recently by the office of the prime Minister.
Basil Okello Onac, the Kwania District LC V Chairperson, says that the project hit a snag when the contractor ran short of funds and abandoned the site. He says the contract period has also elapsed, but they have granted the contractor’s request for an extension.
Geoffrey Eling Owera, the Finance Secretary attributes the budget shortfall to Covid-19 pandemic which affected local government revenue collections. Eling told council that the district only managed to raise 20% of planned local revenue in the last financial year which was interrupted by Covid-19.
Dr. Tonny Odung, the Alebtong District Health Officer blamed the poor uptake of the vaccine on people spreading negative information about the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine that is being used. He has asked the targeted frontline workers to disregard all the misinformation, saying the vaccine is safe.
Last month, James Onguu Tar who contested on the National Resistance Movement-NRM party ticket petitioned the court seeking annulment of Okae’s victory. He claims that the elections were characterised by irregularities.
The Aduku Town Council Vice Chairperson, Peter Otim, says that the influx of patients has exerted pressure on the facility leading to acute shortage of drugs. He is equally pushing for the upgrade of the said facility.
Not a single youth in Aduku Town Council has benefited from the fund, according to a report by the Aduku Town Council Gender and Community sector. The report indicates that most of the youths in the town council have shunned the program.