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Gov’t Flags Off Distribution of Free Face Masks in Amuru

Records by the District Health Department indicate that there have been 33 confirmed community cases of COVID-19 in Amuru. The district has also intercepted up to 233 long-distance cargo truck drivers who were mainly from Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda on transit to South Sudan through Elegu border post.
19 Jun 2020 08:00
Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu flagging off distribution of free face masks at Elegu Primary School - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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The Ministry of Health has flagged off the distribution of face masks in Amuru District, one of the border districts, which have recorded the highest number of COVID-19 community cases.

Records by the District Health Department indicate that there have been 33 confirmed community cases of COVID-19 in Amuru. The district has also intercepted up to 233 long-distance cargo truck drivers who were mainly from Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda on transit to South Sudan through Elegu border post.

With an estimated population of 240,000 people becomes the third district after Kyotera and Busia to receive the free masks for distribution.

The multi-colour three-layer polypropylene-polyester knitted cotton masks, sealed in 344 Fine Spinners (U) LTD labelled boxes, arrived in the district aboard a UPDF truck registration number H4DF 1903 on Thursday. Up to 171, 444 masks will be distributed in the area through Local Council structures.

Wilfred Odiya Baguma, the LC III Chairperson of Atiak Sub County implored the government to look beyond the face mask distribution and strengthen security at porous Uganda–South Sudan borders as a way of preventing common community infections.

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The District Health Officer Dr Alex Olwedo says the face masks allocated to the District will be enough for the target population of beneficiaries ranging from those aged six and above.

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Michael Lakony, the District Chairperson says that the arrival of the free face masks is a great relief to the leaders and will be distributed targeting mostly the active youthful population.

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Meanwhile, Kilak North Constituency Member of Parliament Anthony Akol argued that for easy, quick and proper distribution of the masks, the government should consider facilitating Local Council authorities in the affected districts.

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Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu who presided over the official launch of the distribution at Elegu Primary School allayed fears of laxity among Elegu border community and appealed to Amuru leaders to intensify community sensitization to interrupt the cycles of infections.

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