Dr. Kenneth Canna, the Acting District Health Officer disclosed that while there is a notable decline in the infection rates there is need for continuous strengthening of information dissemination on COVID-19 to the public by health workers.
Gulu District Task Force is hunting for
Shillings 314million to combat the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
Key among the interventions lined up for implementation are mass
sensitization to improve adherence to the Standard Operating Procedures - SOPs,
infection control and prevention and scaling up COVID-19 testing in the
The funds will also help to improve the activities
of the surveillance team, ensuring good uptake of vaccination through adequate
public sensitization and proper enforcement of presidential directives by security
Dr. Kenneth Canna, the Acting District Health
Officer disclosed that while there is a notable decline in the infection rates
there is need for continuous strengthening of information dissemination on
COVID-19 to the public by health workers.
Dr. Canna, who doubles as the Secretary to the
Task Force explained that they need to closely follow up and monitor patients
under home-based care management and rollout more psychosocial support to
families affected by the pandemic.
Christopher Opiyo Atekere, the Gulu District LC V
Chairperson, who is in charge of resource mobilization, says that they have
approached non-governmental organizations within the district to pool the
available funds to support the interventions.
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He noted that they have already received pledges from
development partners who have accepted to support the district. The
Chairperson of the Task Force, Stephen Odong Latek who is also the Resident
District Commissioner told URN that up to 108 health workers have tested
positive for the virus.
Four of these
have succumbed to the virus. As of 1 July 2021, Gulu District had recorded
3,016 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Of these eight patients died in different
facilities in the district including Gulu Regional Referral Hospital and St.
Mary’s Hospital Lacor.
Overall, Ministry of Health statistics indicate that up to 2,104 have died of the pandemic out of 87,277 confirmed cases across the country.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and later Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.