Paul Bishop Drileba, the acting Arua District Health Officer, says that some of the people whose samples test positive resort to insults and warn him never to call them again when he asks them to come to the district health department for assistance.
Arua District COVID-19 Surveillance Team has
complained of harassment from communities where they receive alerts for
According to the Surveillance team, whenever they respond to
the alerts the communities block them from evacuating the cases for treatment
demand or they ask for guidance on how to treat themselves in their homes.
Paul Bishop Drileba, the acting Arua District
Health Officer, says that some of the people whose samples test positive resort
to insults and warn him never to call them again when he asks them to come to
the district health department for assistance.
He says the continued harassment directed at
the health teams by the community members including those testing positive is frustrating
their efforts to manage the spread of the virus.
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Similarly, Ben Angumaniyo, the acting
COVID-19 Surveillance Focal Person, says that they have been forced to endure
abuses and harassment by the positive cases as they struggle to help
He calls for continuous community sensitization to encourage the
residents to accept the results from their samples and avail themselves
for better management to avoid further spread of the pandemic.
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Festus Ayikobua, the Arua Resident District
Commissioner and COVID-19 Taskforce Chairperson, says that where there is need for security
should be notified about the challenges they are facing in the communities.
He, however, expressed the challenge of transport, which affects the timely response to the cases.
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Last week, Arua district COVID-19 Surveillance
Team received 221 Community Alerts, 36 of these tested positive for the virus. There
are currently 182 cases under Homebased Care.