Ballington Olweny P’Ongwech, the District Secretary for Health disclosed that the tent was erected at the facility’s compound to provide more space for treating asymptomatic patients, but the shelter was blown away by a violent storm.
The renovation works on the Covid-19 patients’
holding centre at Awach Health Centre IV in Gulu District has stalled over
lack of funds.
Last month, the District Task Force designated Awach a holding
centre for patients diagnosed with the virus following a rise in community infections
that had overwhelmed Gulu Regional Referral Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital
Phoebe Ayoo Obol, the District Speaker who doubles as the Female Councilor for
Patiko and Owor Sub-Counties said that Awach Health Centre has only two beds
for patients and the creation of the holding centre would bring a sigh of
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Ballington Olweny P’Ongwech, the District Secretary for Health disclosed that
the tent was erected at the facility’s compound to provide more space for
treating asymptomatic patients, but it was blown away by a violent storm.
He explained that early this month, the District Task Force
drafted a budget of shillings 23 million to repair the damaged tent, and equip
it with beds but the refurbishment work has stalled due to funding shortfall.
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The LCV Chairperson Gulu Christopher Opiyo Atekere says that they
have already written to all development partners operating within the district
for financial support.
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According to Dr Kenneth Canna, the District Health Officer, also
the Secretary to the Task Force, the District is seeking funding of 316 million
shillings to boost the fight against covid-19.
According to the breakdown of the draft budget, the money will facilitate the implementation
of mass sensitization against the virus, improve adherence to the Standard
Operating Procedures - SOPs, infection control and prevention.
As of Friday last week, statistics available from the District
Health Department indicates that there were six patients undergoing treatment
at Awach Health Centre IV while 93 of the patients are being treated under the
home-based care system.
Both Gulu District and Gulu City have lost up to 104 people since
April 2020 from 3,209 cumulative cases. Out of those 2,917 people have