More than 100 residents of Ombokoro village Adalafu
parish in Ayivu West Division in Arua City are outraged because of the closure
of the only borehole after one woman in the area tested positive for COVID-19. Suspected
members of the water user committee secretly closed the borehole, which serves
over 400 people.
According to information obtained by URN, the decision came
just a few hours after a breastfeeding mother was found positive by Arua
district Covid-19 task force and advised to self-isolate.
However, the new of
the woman and her child testing positive triggered panic among residents prompting
some of them to lock up the borehole for at least a month on grounds that the
positive woman whose home is closer to the water source and her family could
infect the community members.
Some of the community members told URN that they are
forced to move over two kilometers to fetch unclean water from River
Enyau hence risking their lives.
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Speaking in Lugbara, Jimmy Anguyo, a member
of the water user committee said he is not aware of the closure of the borehole, saying that this
could lead to the outbreak of waterborne diseases.
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“This woman has since been isolated and is
not allowed to interact with people, I thought they would open the borehole but
it has remained locked I don’t know why. My only advice is to let the borehole be
opened to the community because all of us are affected,” said Anguyo.
Alex Ecoku, the LC 1 chairperson of
Ombokoro village promised to call a meeting of residents to discuss the issue
of the borehole.
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The incident, which is the first of its
kind in Onduparaka has puzzled residents with some demanding the transfer of
the positive case to the isolation center at Arua regional referral hospital.