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Amuru District Revives Village COVID-19 Task Forces

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.
Geoffrey Oceng Osborn addressing striking truck drivers recently. Photo by Michael Ojok

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Amuru district COVID-19 task force has revived the village task forces in a bid to identify and refer suspected COVID-19 amidst an increasing number of positive cases.

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.

Geoffrey Oceng Osborn, the Amuru Resident District Commissioner says they observed complacency among the task force members from both the district and village task forces.

According to Oceng, the village task forces headed by the LCI chairperson and constituted by their committees will be in charge of sensitizing the community members in their respective villages, identification of people presenting signs and symptoms of the contagion and reporting to the sub-county and district task forces.  

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Cue out … to door sensitization”//.

But Yolanda Akwongo, the LCI chairperson of Jimo village, Parabongo Parish in Lamogi Sub County says that they previously worked tirelessly to sensitize the masses and prevent the spread of the contagion in their respective villages but never received any token of appreciation.

She says some of her committee members are reluctant to carry on with the resolution of the district task force saying they spent time and resources moving in the various areas in their villages.

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Cue out …. Rwot kweri ki rwot kweri”//.

Patrick Ojara, the LCI chairperson of Opok village also in Lamogi Sub County says he has met some resistance from his committee members on the resolution of the district task force which did not support them despite traversing the villages sensitizing the masses to observe the set standard operating procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Amuru district registered 38% of Uganda`s positive cases in the first wave of COVID-19, mostly from truck drivers who enter and exit the Country through Elegu border post.