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Zombo COVID-19 Surveillance Officers to be Given Security

According to the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Zombo Anthony Kajoyinji Mbyone , they will consider guarding the surveillance officers, but also deploying heavily at the border, although this calls for resources.
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The District Health Officer of Zombo Dr Mark Bramali has called for the deployment of security personnel to protect surveillance officers whenever they are monitoring COVID-19 situation.

  This follows an attack on a Ugandan army detach in Zeu sub county in Zombo district that left six people dead including a Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) soldier last Friday. One SMG gun, 11 rounds of ammunition and 12 bows and arrows were recovered in the attack that UPDF successfully repulsed. 

 

In an interview, Bramali  says that the biggest challenge in fighting COVID-19 for Zombo is the cross border surveillance for the COVID-19, which is affected by the vast areas and insecurity.

He says that the surveillance officers are living in fear, especially in the 9 sub counties of zeu sub county, Paidha town council, Jangokoro subcounty, Abanga sub county, Alangi sub county, among others bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

  Bramala asked security in Zombo to deploy and guard the over 57 surveillance officers who are to  continue with the disease surveillance.

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  According to the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Zombo Anthony Kajoyinji Mbyone , they will consider guarding the surveillance officers, but will also be deploying heavily at the border, although this calls for resources.  

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  It is not the first time Zombo has experienced attacks from militia groups. In 2019, a group of armed men armed with bows and arrows raided Oduk village in what led to the killing of nine Ugandan soldiers.

  According to security sources in Zombo, the militias who mainly come in from the DRC have been neutralized and their camps and networks penetrated.

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