William Komakech, the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner says that Kthose that will undergo the test include residents of Apollo grounds, market vendors, Boda Boda cyclists and health workers in all private and government health facilities in the district.
Kitgum District COVID-19 Taskforce is seeking to secure 5,000 COVID-19 kits from the Health Ministry to conduct mass COVID-19 testing in hot
spot areas within the Municipality.
The move comes in the wake of a spike in COVID-19 community infections after 17
in Kitgum people tested positive in a single day over the weekend.
The district task force estimates that there are more than 170 direct primary
contacts to the positive cases with hundreds more others who are yet to be traced in
the community after receiving treatment from Kitgum Maternity home and Kitgum
William Komakech, Kitgum Resident District Commissioner also Chairperson
District Covid-19 task-force, says that the health department is currently
short of kits to enable them to start mass COVID-19 testing.
He notes a total of 136 samples have so far been taken from contacts and
suspects in the recent days adding that some 250 sample test kits have been
dispatched to aid the mass testing.
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Komakech says the mass testing exercise will help them to understand the trend
of the infection whether it has escalated or not within the community to
determine better action.
Those that will undergo the test include residents of Apollo grounds, market
vendors, Boda Boda cyclists and health workers in all private and government
health facilities in the district.
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Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the Health Ministry Spokesperson didn’t
comment on the matter when contacted citing he was busy in a
meeting. However, in an earlier interview with URN, Ainebyoona says the health
Ministry had sufficient supply of sample test kits for conducting COVID-19
tests across the country.
Over the weekend, the district conducted mass testing for all its task force
members among them security personnel, journalists, civil servants, health
practitioners and businessmen and women.
A team of surveillance experts from the Health Ministry surveillance Division
have since been dispatched to the district following a spike in COVID-19 cases
to conduct assessments and line listings of contacts.