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Ntoroko Constitutes Health Facility Rapid Response Teams As Covid-19 Cases Surge

Patrick Ajuna, the Ntoroko District Health Officer, says that the intervention follows an upsurge in COVID-19 cases registered in the district yet residents are still reluctant to observe the Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs.
Ntoroko DHO Dr. Patrick Ajuna making a presentation in a recent district Covid-19 task force meeting

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Ntoroko has embarked on constituting health facility Rapid Response Teams-RST following a surge in coronavirus cases in the district. The district has registered over 200 positive COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths as the country battles the second wave.  

According to the district, the Rapid Response Teams will operate from each of the seven health facilities in the district and help with contact tracing and surveillance.  Each team will be under the leadership of a health worker trained in Covid-19 and Ebola management, laboratory and records personnel.   

The district is also reactivating isolation centers across the health center III and IV's to handle people with mild-COVID-19 signs. Patrick Ajuna, the Ntoroko District Health Officer, says that the intervention follows an upsurge in COVID-19 cases registered in the district yet residents are still reluctant to observe the Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs. 

He says that they cannot only rely on the district task force to control the spread of the virus. According to Ajuna, they have secured 800 COVID-19 test kits for distribution to all government medical facilities to expedite COVID-19 testing.  

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Ajuna says that the surveillance team will also look at border health security with the increasing influx of Congolese running away from the insecurity in DR Congo.

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Mesaki Kawamara, the Ntoroko Resident District Commissioner and head of the task force, says that they have also incorporated Sub-county chairpersons on the task force to increase awareness. 

William Kasoro, the District LC V chairperson, says that the majority of people fear reporting to health facilities because of stigma. He says the teams could help in raising awareness and identifying suspects. 

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Sibihwa Gundi Zephaniah,  the LC III chairperson of Nombe Sub County has asked the government to support chairpersons financially so that they can effectively mobilize the communities. 

He says the majority of them lack means of transport to reach out to all community members in their sub-counties.  By Friday, two Isolation centers had been re-opened at Rwebisengo and Karugutu HC IV’s.