Acholi District Khadi, Sheikh Musa Khalil pointed out that Uganda is not safe anymore with health centers filled up with COVID-19 patients, insufficient finance to fight the disease and lack of enough oxygen for those in critical condition. He expressed concern about the surging number of cases being registered in schools and the community.
leaders in Acholi under their umbrella the Acholi Religious Leaders
Peace Initiative (ARLPI) have expressed concern over the laxity in the
implementation of the Standard
Operating Procedures (SOPs) amidst the coronavirus surge in COVID-19 infections
in the country.
According to the
clerics, members of the public have relaxed on wearing masks, sanitizing hands
and keeping the recommended social distance to avoid COVID-19 infection. Nelson
Onono Onweng, the Chairperson of ARLPI asked members of the Acholi community
and Ugandans at large not to underrate the second wave of COVID-19, which is
said to be more deadly.
He said the only defence against COVID-19 is adherence to
the SOPs but unfortunately very many people are acting to the contrary. Father
James Ocan from the Orthodox Church on the other hand described Covid-19 as the
greatest human threat, which should not be downplayed or it plunges the world
Acholi District Khadi, Sheikh Musa Khalil pointed out that Uganda is not safe
anymore with health centers filled up with COVID-19 patients, insufficient
finance to fight the disease and lack of enough oxygen for those in
critical condition. He expressed concern about the surging number of cases
being registered in schools and the community. Khalili pleaded with the
community to observe SOPs, arguing that it is the only way they can keep away
Betty Aol Ocan, the Gulu City Woman Member of Parliament who
disclosed that ten beds at the Gulu Regional Referral Hospital-GRRH COVID-19 treatment centre are filled and half at St Mary`s Lacor Hospital,
urged the community to jealously protect their lives.
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Dr. Paska Apiyo, in charge of the COVID-19 treatment centre at Gulu Regional
Referral Hospital equally notes with concern the failure by the public in Gulu
to follow the SOPs. He says that people are no longer wearing face masks, sanitizing
hands and observing social distance. Dr. Apiyo asserts that the centre has been
receiving patients with severe disease who mostly end up in the intensive care
unit – ICU wards.
She urged the public
to embrace the ongoing vaccination against COVID-19 rolled out by the Ministry
of Health. Uganda has registered a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases with at
least 1,000 cases recorded in the last one week. The country has cumulatively
registered 44,594 COVID-19 cases and 361 deaths.
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