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Nwoya District Lacks PPEs for Grassroots Frontline COVID-19 Workers

Jennifer Acan, a VHT member from Lungai village says that several public places including markets are not observing the standard operating procedures and as VHTs they are supposed to go and sensitize people in such places but can’t easily do so due to lack of PPEs.

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LCI Chairpersons and Village Health Teams in Anaka town council in Nwoya district have decried the lack of personal protective equipment needed for protection from contracting the COVID-19. 

  

The chairpersons and VHTs claim they are not being given personal protective equipment such as gloves, face masks, sanitizers among others to protect them from contracting the contagion when they move in their respective communities sensitizing and attending to suspects. 

  

Saidi Owot, the LCI chairperson of Kal ward says they last received PPEs including sanitizers and face masks in the first lockdown from the district authorities. 

He says the lack of PPEs has frustrated many of them because of the risk of contracting the contagion and subsequent spread into their families. 

  

William Ocan, the LCI chairperson of Lungai ward says that they feel neglected especially by the district task force as far as the fight against the contagion is concerned. 

He says that besides the lack of PPEs, they have also not received any monetary appreciation despite the district getting millions of monies from the Ministry of Health to assist the sensitization and subsequent fight against the contagion. 

 

Jennifer Acan, a VHT member from Lungai village says that several public places including markets are not observing the standard operating procedures and as VHTs they are supposed to go and sensitize people in such places but can’t easily do so due to lack of PPEs.

  

Geoffrey Axuma, the district information officer, says the district doesn’t have any specific budget to buy the PPEs but rather relies on donations from well-wishers. 

Axuma observes that they are also yet to receive the 150 million shillings from the ministry of health.  

//Cue in: “wan ma calo  

Cue out … should be patient”//

 

On 19th July this year, Nwoya district tested 42 people and 4 turned out positive. Cumulatively the district has tested a total of 1,607 cases registering three deaths ever since COVID-19 was confirmed in the country last year. 

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