District local government offices have been closed to the public after ten
staff tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.
The ten were part of 150
people whose samples were taken for testing by a medical team from Lira
Regional Referral hospital.
Solomon Odur, the Kwania District Surveillance Focal Person, says the positive cases
were ordered to self-isolate in their homes where they will be monitored by health
Dr. Moses Ebong, the Kwania District Health Officer, says they asked
the district authorities to close for 14 days to allow for disinfection.
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Albina Awor, the Kwania Chief Administration Officer, confirmed the closure of
most of the offices, saying they have already started disinfecting the premises.
According to Awor, only the production, engineering and education departments
have remained open.
She says the
officers who didn’t test positive will continue serving in the field to ensure
continuity of service delivery. Kwania Resident District Commissioner, Salim
Komakech who also chairs the COVID-19 Taskforce has castigated the district authorities
for flouting COVID-19 preventive guidelines at the expense of the Community.
Komakech says that as a Taskforce they have resolved to name and shame to
ensure the leaders follow the stipulated COVID-19 Guidelines to scale down the
spread of the virus.
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Onac, the Kwania District LC V Chairperson, says the closure of the offices
will affect service delivery and called for patience from the public.
Aduku Grade One Magistrate, Kwania Government Prison and other institutions
surrounding the District Headquarters are also at risk of being closed to the public.
Kwania district has so far registered eleven COVID-19 cases.