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Eight Soroti Municipal officials who have been under self-isolation in Soroti municipality have evaded the COVID-19 clearance test. The officials
had travelled to Sweden for official duties and returned around mid- March.
After testing negative at Entebbe International Airport, they were
advised to remain in isolation for 14 days. However, some of the officers have been seen in Soroti town and others
attempted to resume work, causing panic.
The Town Clerk, Moses Otimong had to write a circular restraining
the officers from accessing the office premises before the mandatory period of
URN has learnt that after the expiry of the 14-days self-quarantine on March
28, the COVID-19 task force has failed to trace the officials to be cleared
by the Ministry of Health.
William Wilberforce Tukei, the Soroti Resident District
Commissioner who heads the enforcement team said that his team is looking for
“We need them tested before they are allowed to freely associate with the rest
of the family and communities but they are nowhere. If you know where they are,
please let us know as soon as possible”, Tukei said.
Regina Akello, the Assistant Senior Town Clerk for Northern Division, says that
the district task force has instead been dodging them. She claims that no one
in the taskforce team has tried to access them for monitoring.
Akello, who is currently in Kampala to seek clearance from the Ministry of
Health, says they were not monitored as required but instead traumatized.
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Party Emokor, the Soroti Municipal Inspector of School who travelled to Sweden,
says he has remained in self-quarantine for 18 days instead, awaiting clearance
from the team. Emokor notes that the process to clear them has been delayed by
the district officials.
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Dr Charles Okadhi, the District Health Officer in Soroti declined
to comment when contacted.
By Friday, Soroti Regional Referral Hospital had not yet received
medical equipment especially gun thermometers for testing COVID-19 suspected
persons. The hospital, relying on borrowed equipment had a shortage of
protective gears for staff, a situation that forced medics to dodge clients
with some signs and symptoms related to COVID-19.