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Kitgum COVID-19 Taskforce Tracing Migratory Farming Communities for Vaccination

The Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech, also the COVID-19 taskforce Chairperson, says the move to trace the migratory farming communities is to ensure that they are vaccinated.

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The Kitgum District COVID 19 Taskforce has embarked on tracing migratory farming communities to test and vaccinate against covid-19.

The farming communities always migrate into the wilderness of Tim Palukok and Tim Lipan hunting grounds that stretches into parts of the Sub Counties of Namukora and Orom with the South Sudan borders.  

The migratory farmers mainly residents of the Sub Counties of Mucwini, Omiya Anyima, Namukora, Kiteny and Orom Sub Counties in Kitgum district spend months in temporary settlements erected in the wilderness while engaging in intensive agriculture.  

The Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech, also the COVID-19 taskforce Chairperson, says the move to trace the migratory farming communities is to ensure that they are vaccinated.    

According to Komakech, efforts of mobilizing the settlers through their leaders to return to their homes and get vaccinated have not yielded results.

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The Kiteny Sub County LCIII Chairperson Alfred Okema says imploring the migratory farming communities to return home to get vaccinated against COVID 19 has been hindered by the inaccessible and poor road network and limited radio coverage.

Okema also says the vaccination uptake in the sub-county has been far below average. He says that the strategy of the covid-19 task force will boost the vaccination exercise particularly amidst learners aged above 18 and teachers.

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The Covid-19 Surveillance district focal person Simon Knox Okongo says the health department is also utilizing the outreaches to embark on other services that include immunization, attending to communicable diseases, counselling and other services.