Alfred Ebong, a resident of Ocamolum parish says he almost lost his 4-year-old son when he failed to get to the health center due to the floods. Adding that he resorted to treating the child with local herbs for three days before the canoe became operational to cross to the other side.
Christopher Omara, the Otuke Resident District Commissioner who is also chairperson District Task Force explained that the LCIs should ensure that a maximum of 5 people are allowed at a water point at a go.
Through his lawyer of Daniel Omara Atubo of Amara Atubo and Co. Advocates, Olum sued the administrators of the hospital and Dr. Patrick Buchan Ocen, the medical superintendent for general and special damages.
The policy came after public outcry on the number of candidates who conceived, when schools were closed, as a measure to forestall the spread of coronavirus disease. They were on the verge of dropping out of school, starting a new life as mothers.
Jacob Chepsikor, the Amolatar District Police Commander confirmed the incident, saying security is doing all that is required to ensure the law takes its course. He says they have entered a case of torture against the suspects at Amolatar CPS vide SD Ref. 38/02/03/2021.
The disease has affected at least 10 households from two villages in Akongomit parish. A total of 18 children, the youngest being 6 months and 3 adults in Alongotidi village have presented with systems similar to scabies while another case has been reported in a neighbouring village of Oturulakodal.
Geoffrey Otim, the officer in charge Bangaladec police outpost in Namasale Sub County, says the deceased has been venturing into the swamp to catch mudfish for the last five years. He explains that Opio would go to the swamp at 4 am and return home around 11 am.
The deceased have been identified as Joshua Okello 5 years old and the sister Tracy Among 2 years old. It is alleged that the mother of the deceased, identified as Rebecca Ajuru, was away to collect drinking water.
The most affected sub-counties are Namusale, Awelu, Etam, Agikdak, Akwon, Muntu, Awingiri, Nalibwoyo, and Opali. The floods have submerged several homes, pit latrines and crop gardens leaving residents with nowhere to turn for help.
The government banned fishing activities on all Uganda water bodies in May 2019 to improve the fish stocks and reorganise the sector. As a result, a number of districts have reported improvements in fish stock, which have been attributed to the intervention of the Fisheries Protection Unit.
Currently, a 28 feet recommended boat size is being built by Kyalimba Construction Company at Bangaladesh landing site in Namasale sub county. 56 out of the 846 boats expected for the start are already furnished.
David Okello, the District Chairperson Disability Union, says that he visited one of the families in Namasale where all its five members are deaf and realized they are ignorant about COVID-19 and preventive measures.