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Distribution of Gov't Face Masks Delayed in Soroti

Sam Eremu, the village chairperson of Awinyi in Kamuda Sub County says he received masks but does not have the time to distribute them to the community. He argues they are being exploited by the government which has not considered their welfare.
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The distribution of free government masks in Soroti has been delayed. This is after the Village Chairpersons refused to distribute masks citing lack of facilitation.

The distribution of face masks is part of a government commitment to supply free face masks to control the spread of coronavirus disease.

Two weeks ago, the government delivered masks to the district, however in some villages distribution of the free masks started this week while in other areas, distribution has delayed.

Sam Eremu, the village chairperson of Awinyi in Kamuda Sub County says he received masks but does not have the time to distribute them to the community. He argues they are being exploited by the government which has considered their welfare.

“At the moment, I don’t even have a bicycle yet this exercise needs me to move to all the households in the village. We have done it with mosquito nets and study material but every time, they promise us some facilitation that doesn’t come. The government promised bicycles in 2013 but nothing up to date”, he said.

He also revealed that he is worried that taking masks to families that missed out mosquito nets could cause an uproar. Eremu explains that 31 households missed out mosquito nets in the village and are eagerly waiting for them.

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Lawrence Elianu, the village chairperson at Amen A village in Soroti Sub County says he doesn’t know how to distribute the 2,000 masks yet there are more than 8,000 residents in the area. 

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William Wilberforce Tukei, the outgoing RDC of Soroti when contacted said that they were not given facilitation for LCs to distribute the masks.

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According to the Ministry of Health, more than 6 million out of the required 30 million face masks have so far been distributed by the government in 20 districts.

The districts include Amuru, Kyotera, Buikwe, Ntungamo, Soroti, Arua, Adjumani, Isingiro, Masaka, Mbarara, Lira, Yumbe, Gulu, Moyo, Hoima, Rakai, Busia, Tororo, Kakumiro, and Kumi. In May, President Yoweri Museveni announced that government would distribute free face masks to all Ugandans above 6 years as a pre-condition of lifting the Covid-19 restrictions.

The president then said that the distribution was to start from border districts which are prone to the virus that the rest of the country.