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Gulu City Gets UGX 201m for COVID-19 Fight

Alfred Okwonga, the Gulu City Mayor says the 51.2 million shillings is part of 201.2 million shillings’ supplementary budget meant for COVID -19 interventions in Gulu City and that it shall be spent under Health Department.
Health Workers carying out rapid COVID -19 tests on students who returned from Kampala -Photo by Jesse Johnson James

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Gulu City Council has allocated 51.2 million shillings to the Village COVID -19 Taskforces.

Gulu City comprises 128 villages. Each of the Village COVID -19 Taskforce shall receive a total of 400,000 Shillings to help in the response to the pandemic.

Alfred Okwonga, the Gulu City Mayor says the 51.2 million shillings is part of 201.2 million shillings’ supplementary budget meant for COVID -19 interventions in Gulu City and that it shall be spent under Health Department.

According to Okwonga, out of the 400,000 shillings, each Village COVID -19 Taskforce will get, 300,000 shillings are to be utilized by Village Health Team while the remaining 100,000 shillings shall be used by the task force and that the money shall be utilized in the first quarter of this financial year.

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Other expenditures for the 201.2 million shillings’ supplementary budget include 90 Million shillings for travel, surveillance and data collection, 22.5 million shillings for vehicle maintenance for COVID -19 interventions and 37.5 million shillings’ allowance for Gulu City COVID -19 Taskforce.

Okwonga says with the money in place, the Gulu City COVID -19 Taskforce will carry out its mandate adequately to ensure that the spread of the virus in the communities goes down.

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Joseph Echoru, a Village Health Team –VHT attached to Laroo Health Center III in Gulu City says their biggest challenge currently is lack of Personal Protective Equipment –PPE but that the challenge has not stopped them from carrying out their day to day work in ensuring that people in the grassroots observe the standard operating procedures -SOPs.

According to Echoru, they are currently monitoring COVID -19 patients under home-based care management, moving door to door to ensure that every homestead has a handwashing facility and that they are also educating and sensitizing the locals on preventive measures against COVID -19 infections.

Vincent Ojok, the Chairman of Ariaga Village in Pece –Laroo Division say even though his village task force is working tirelessly, they are hit by financial challenges.

Ojok also revealed that they still have defiant members of the community who are deliberately violating the standard operating procedures put in place to curb down the spread of COVID -19.