The Kitgum resident district commissioner William Komakech says formation of the task force is part of measures to contain the deadly epidemic that has continued to manifest across multiple countries internationally.
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Kitgum district has stepped up preparedness towards
containing any impending outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19)
epidemic by setting up a taskforce committee.
The Kitgum resident district commissioner, William
Komakech says formation of the taskforce is part of the measures to contain the
deadly epidemic that has continued to manifest across several countries. Komakech also says despite no confirmed cases of the
pandemic having yet been reported in the country, the district should exhibit
vigilance to identify any case and subsequently be ready to manage the
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Kitgum district Chief Administrative Officer, Martin Jacan
Gwokto, proposed that the district taskforce should include; the offices of the
Resident district Commissioner, district Chairperson, the CAO; development
partners and the security; while the district health department will act as the
The task force also resolved to subdivide members of the
major task force into sub committees that include; case management,
surveillance, health promotion and a resource mobilization sub committees.
Gwokto says key among the tasks to be undertaken by the
taskforce includes; embarking on rigorous sensitization campaigns through the
major communication mediums and media outlets in the district on preventative
measures and the dangers of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
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Members of the public are also being implored to embrace a hand washing
culture by regularly washing hands with soap and water besides avoiding close
personal contact such as touching or shaking hands, and restrictions at major
All public places, institutions and major places of
gathering like markets, churches, schools, administrative units, hospitals
amidst others are currently being compelled to possess hand washing facilities
and ensure that people visiting these places adhere to all required preventive
William Komakech says intense surveillance will be
enhanced by deployment of security personnel at high risk areas at the porous
borders and entry points with South Sudan. He said local Council One
leaders will be compelled to ensure that visitors are
In regards to case management and response, the Kitgum
Hospital medical superintendent Dr. Geoffrey Okello proposed for the
identification of an isolation site and ensuring procurement of testing kits
and having health personnel to diagnose and manage the epidemic.
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According to Dr. Okello, the common signs of the Coronavirus infection
include respiratory symptoms, sever fever, runny nose or flu like symptoms,
cough, sore throats and shortness of breathing difficulties which can cause
pneumonia, kidney failure and even death.