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Gulu District Seeks UGX 500m to Boost COVID-19 Response

The leadership of the Task Force argues that the 165 million Shillings that was appropriated by parliament to the district in April was just a drop in the ocean given the bulk of COVID-19 cases Gulu has handled.
20 Jun 2020 21:25
Gulu District Local Government Administration Block

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Gulu District COVID-19 Task Force is searching for additional funding to a tune of 500 million Shillings to boost its response to the outbreak.

The leadership of the Task Force argues that the 165 million Shillings that was appropriated by parliament to the district in April was just a drop in the ocean given the bulk of COVID-19 cases Gulu has handled.

Through the regional referral hospital, the task force has admitted and treated up to 107 cumulative COVID-19 positive cases over the last three months. Of those, 66 have already been discharged after recovery, and 41 cases remain active. They have also received 1,589 alerts from the community.

The task force says that more money is needed to buy fuel, pay health workers risk allowances, and intensify public sensitization following an increase in community cases mainly from the neighboring district of Amuru. Dr Paska Apiyo, the head of Case Management at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital notes that despite the determination of the healthcare givers in the COVID-19 fight, inadequate personal protective equipment remains a barrier, requiring adequate financing.

The Director of the hospital Dr James Elima told URN that they are struggling with a shortage of Personal protective equipment (PPE) for the healthcare staff as well as transport in coordinating surveillance and case management activities.

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The district is also facing an uphill task of feeding patients and suspects across the institutional quarantine centres designated at the UPDF 4th Division Military Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital Lacor, Gulu School of Clinical Officers and Gulu Regional Referral Hospital treatment unit.

Gulu District Chairman Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, also the Spokesperson of the District task force explains that they might need up to 100 million schools to relocate the quarantine centre from the  School of Clinical Officers in case there is an arrangement to reopen schools at any given time.

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Meanwhile, Gulu Municipality Member of Parliament Lyandro Komakech asserts that the Government should not have given flat funding to all the districts. He said Gulu now needs more money considering the heavy workload against COVID -19.

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Maj. Santos Okot Lapolo, the Gulu Resident District Commissioner who chairs the task force appealed to the Health Ministry to consider giving special support to Gulu. 

Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu, the State Minister for Primary Health Care notes that there are challenges raised by Gulu shall be discussed at cabinet level and pledged that the Ministry of Health is working to bridge gaps in health service delivery.  

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