are shunning Ogwete Health Center III in Ogwete Sub-county in Otuke District
after one of the staff tested positive for COVID-19. Four other staff at the
same facility are in isolation awaiting confirmatory tests.
This has triggered panic among residents especially mothers prompting
them to shun the health center for fear of contracting the pandemic. Collin
Atim, a resident of Ogwete Sub County is worried that she may contract the
virus if she takes her eight-month-old child to the facility for immunization.
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Cue out: …kede oko pacu.”//
Gloria Akao, another resident says that they cannot access the health facility
for any assistance for fear of contracting coronavirus.
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Cue out: … kede corona okene.”//
Peter Acwic, a Senior Clinical Officer in charge of the facility, says that
they are operating because the rest of the staff don’t have the virus. He, however, says that the number of clients seeking services at the facility has
generally reduced due to the fear.
He explained that some mothers have opted to access the same service at health
center II nearer to them. As a mitigation measure, the facility is now
conducting immunization outreaches in nearby villages to control crowds at
the health center.
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Cue out: …through outreaches.”//
He advised the mothers to seek medical help especially immunization for their
children because it is for their own benefit. With a population of 19,593
people in the entire sub-county, Ogwete HC III has a quarterly target of 202
children for immunisation.