The contractor commenced works in June 2019 and was meant to deliver the project in July this year. However, in April this year, the government extended the contract by five more months until November 30 when the contractor cited inability to deliver the project due to the effects of the first wave of the coronavirus disease-Covid-19.
The decision follows concerns raised by local leaders and technical officials both at the Municipal council and district who say that the building is in a dire state and further attempts to renovate it will put the lives of pupils at risk.
Kitgum District Chairperson Christopher Obol Arwai had presented the nomination of new members of the District Land Board, the District Service Commission, the Hospital Management Board and the Public Accounts Commitee for approval by the district council on Thursday.
During a council meeting held on Thursday, the councillors expressed concern about the delayed recruitment of parish chiefs, which could affect the program. They argued that the parish chiefs should have been recruited by October 30.
The deceased, an elderly man who was referred from a health facility in Pandwong Division reportedly succumbed to COVID-19 complications at about 5 pm on Wednesday. However, his body remained on his death bed for close to 20 hours, until it was handed over to the relatives on Thursday afternoon.
The vaccine delivered by the National Medical Stores-NMS includes 2,324 doses of Moderna vaccines and 390 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines. The district health department ran out of COVID-19 vaccines a week ago following what health officials described as an “overwhelming” uptake of COVID-19 vaccine among the populace.
Patrick Odongtoo, a Health Information Assistant at Mucwini Health Center III and one of those affected by the pay cut, says that his salary has now drastically fallen to a paltry Shillings 316,391 for the last three months.
Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech told journalists at a press briefing Friday morning that temporary closure of the clinic is to pave way for proper disinfection of the entire health facility.
Kitgum District was allocated 407 million Shillings in July to facilitate the work of the taskforce and implement interventions for the control of Covid-19. The funding would cover expenses on case management, surveillance, communication and risk, among others.
A total of 42 boreholes through the project funded by Lutheran World Federation-LWF is expected to be drilled in the sub-counties of Lagoro, Kitgum Matidi, and Omiya Anyima worth over shillings 200 million.
The acting Kitgum District Health Officer, Dr. Henry Okello Otto told Uganda Radio Network in an interview on Tuesday that both stocks of Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines got used on Thursday last week. He says that the stock out follows an overwhelming demand for COVID-19 vaccination by the populace in the district.
Simon Knox Okongo, Kitgum District Surveillance Focal Point Person told Uganda Radio Network in an interview Thursday that one of the recovered patients has now tested positive for covid-19 for the fourth time consistently.
Kitgum District Education Officer Fred Owot told Uganda Radio Network in an interview on Monday that they target to vaccinate 5,000 staff from all learning institutions in the district. He says about 3,000 of those targeted are teaching staff while 2,000 are support staff from Nursery, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions within the Municipality and sub-counties.
The Pager Division Chairperson Morris Santo Oyoo says that despite having projected 2.3 billion shillings, the division is financially constrained to fund the project since their local revenue performance is poor.