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Arua District Starts Delivering ARVs to Clients in DRC

According to records, over 150 Congolese pick ARVs from Arua Regional Referral Hospital. However, they are unable to do so now because of the ban on cross border travel.
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Arua district health department has secured permission from the Resident District Commissioner to deliver the life-prolonging Antiretroviral (ARVs) drugs to their clients in the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC.

The move stems from the movement restrictions imposed by the government to stem the spread of COVID-19, which has stopped the clients from DRC from accessing the ARVs.

According to records, over 150 Congolese pick ARVs from Arua Regional Referral Hospital. However, they are unable to do so now because of the ban on cross border travel.

Paul Bishop Drileba, the acting Arua District Health Officer, says that the pressure from their clients in DRC prompted them to seek permission from the RDC to deliver the drugs at the border points in Vurra and Lia Customs and Odramacaku Market. 

Drileba says considering that ARVs are essential drugs they have opted to continue serving their clients in DRC especially during the 42 days of the lockdown  

 //Cue in; We have written to the.…    

Cue out; GISOs in those areas.…. // 

Festus Ayikobua, the Arua Resident District Commissioner, says that no health worker offering national and cross border health service delivery during the lockdown should be stopped by security at the border as long as they identify themselves properly and give reasons for their movements. 

//Cue in; I have also heard that.…  

Cue out; will sign those documents.…. //    

According to reports, the Arua District Security and COVID-19 Taskforce is scheduled to meet with their r Congolese counterparts at Vurra Customs early next week and key on their agenda is the illegal entry of Ugandans into DRC to attend overnight Discos and markets.

Last week, security arrested a health worker from Arua hospital who is attached to the COVID-19 surveillance team and stopped him from travelling to vaccinate Ugandans living near the border with DRC.

The security turned away the health worker despite identifying himself and showing them a letter of his assignment from the hospital.

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