William Komakech, Kitgum Resident District Commissioner noted during a weekly task force meeting on Thursday that the operation seeks to restore compliance to SOPs in order to curb the spread of covid-19.
A pupil wearing a face mask in class in Labongo Amida Subcounty in Kitgum District.
Security personnel in Kitgum Municipality have intensified crackdown
on people not wearing masks in the public.
This followed concerns from the covid-19 taskforce committee over
low compliance to Standard Operating Procedures among the populace in the wake
of the second wave of Covid-19.
William Komakech, Kitgum Resident District Commissioner noted during a weekly
task force meeting on Thursday that the operation seeks to restore compliance
to SOPs to curb the spread of covid-19.
According to Komkaech, over 50 people were arrested on Tuesday and briefly
detained for failing to wear face masks in the public in an impromptu operation
conducted within Central Division.
The operation was conducted jointly by the police and Municipal law enforcement
Komakech says offenders were shamed by being subjected to long walks with law
enforcement officers before their release with serious caution.
He notes that the same operation will be extended to Sub-counties where there has
been reported negligence by the community to wear face masks.
Kitgum District has had a sharp rise in covid-19 community infections in the
past four days.
According to statistics from the District Surveillance Focal Point Person,
Simon Knox Okongo, at least 23 people tested positive for covid-19 following a test
conducted between Monday and Wednesday.
He notes that at least 80 primary contacts to the patients were listed out of
which 43 were followed and tested.
Okongo says the surveillance team have now mapped Pandwong Division within
Kitgum Municipality as a covid-19 hotspot accounting for 60 percent of the new
infection cases. He says one patient out of the 23 new cases is in serious
condition but undergoing home-based care in Nyanya cell in Pager Division.
Dr Geoffrey Okello, the acting medical superintendent at Kitgum General
Hospital also head of case management in the district says they have equipped
the treatment centre to handle emergency covid-19 cases. Dr Okello says the
facility has been equipped with 20 beds and an emergency oxygen cylinder to
handle cases that need urgent medical attention before referrals to the
regional treatment centre in Gulu city.
He however says despite the surging community cases in the district, the health
workers are having challenges with the inadequate supply of personal protective
equipment which is affecting swab sample collection for testing.
“Today we are not likely going to remove samples because the little PPE we had
was used,” Dr Okello said.
The District health department ran out of stock of PPE that includes sterile
examination gloves, aprons, eye goggles, face shields among others about a week
ago and has been borrowing from neighbouring districts.
The District has registered three covid-19 deaths since March last year. A
total of 304 people have tested positive to covid-19 in the district out of
2,197 tests conducted.
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