Ker Kwaro Acholi (The Acholi Cultural institution) has been organizing a cultural gala to showcase the beauty of Acholi culture. The event in the past years has attracted thousands of cultural enthusiasts from within and outside the Acholi Sub-region.
James Elima, the Director of Gulu Regional Referral Hospital says COVID -19 vaccination uptake in Acholi Sub –Region still remains at only 45 percent despite the test positivity rate which is 7.6 percent, slightly higher than the national average.
David Ongom Mudong, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson reveals that police patrol had on several occasions responded to Kaunda Ground following alert from the CCTV Camera control room to arrest Auma as she was performing her usual sorcerous act, but they would instead find a dog on the exact spot.
Gerald Joshua Oduka, the Spokesperson of Northern Entertainers Association says they were shocked to hear the singer perform in town amidst the strict lockdown and that his act made them question the authority of the security forces and the local leaders who were supposed to enforce the guidelines.
Ojok says during the campaign that included activities like contact tracing and investigations of contacts of index TB patients and community TB hotspot screening, they screened 5,501 community members.
Charles Eyoung, the Psychiatric Medical Officer at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital revealed that the treatment of a single patient cost more than a million Shillings, which the government isn’t providing. Naltrexone, one of the most expensive drugs used for the treatment of mental health patients tentatively costs the government Shillings 650,000.
At least 4036 cases of abortions have been recorded in the different health facilities Gulu District over the past 15 months. Gulu Regional Referral Hospital alone received 1317 cases in need of post-abortion care and registered 7 deaths.
Dr. Felix Kaduchu, the Dean Faculty of Medicine at Gulu University told URN in an interview on Tuesday evening that some students tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. “We have not forced them to take the vaccination but they realized that some of their colleagues had tested positive with the virus and decided to embrace the exercise,” Dr. Kaduchu explained.
Michael Ochwoo, the Manager of TASO Gulu Care Centre, says that many of the people living with HIV lack food to keep them on treatment. He says that while the Centre managed to enrol back 200 people who abandoned ARVs, 35 of them died due to adherence issues.
Cinderela Sanyu, the President of Uganda Musicians Associations says the aim of registering all the musicians in the country is not just to benefit from the COVID-19 recovery money from government but to among others form a musicians SACCO, lobby for an arts ministry, access to visas among others.
“Dear parents, you have a very big role to play; a very big one, the role of mentoring these children from young age upto the time they are big and even then, when you see them doing wrong things, challenge them because you still have power, don’t underestimate your power!” -Archbishop Odama said
Ojok says that most parents see rugby as a sport that inflicts injuries and pain into the lives of their children based on the way it is played. According to Ojok, their efforts to popularize the sport in various schools and community engagements hasn’t yielded the desired results.
Suicide by ingesting poison took the first spot with 51 cases followed by hanging with 26, drowning 2 and shooting came last with 1 case. Agago district registered the highest number with 20 cases followed by Omoro with 14, Gulu 13 and Pader 12 cases. Amuru, Kitgum, Lamwo and Nwoya districts registered 8, 7, 4 and 2 suicide cases respectively.