The staffs are concerned that while the COVID-19 pandemic is claiming lives in different parts of the world, Soroti Hospital isn’t providing enough protection to health workers to enable them to execute their duties. URN has learnt that the facility has been receiving only 20 pieces of masks every week against the total number of 34 staff on duty each day.
Julius Obongo, an Ateso Translator for Etop Newspaper, says he was handed his termination letter on Friday at head office. He says that much as the decision by top management was conducted after special considerations, it caught them off-guard especially amidst the Covid-19 crisis.
At Serere Health Center 1V, a proposed district hospital, only 965 mothers came for antenatal care in April compared to 1,267 in March when the lockdown was announced. Records at the facility also indicate that only 170 babies were delivered at the facility in April compared to the 203 in March.
Our reporter visited Awojamoro Village in Mukongoro Sub County but found a number of children playing in their homes. Among them was Tom Eibu, a candidate of Kumi Township Primary School. He told our reporter that he has not seen any study material to help him at home.
According to the police annual report of 2019 that showed that East Kyoga is leading with defilement cases. East Kyoga led with 945 cases followed by Elgon and Greater Masaka regions with 922 and 898 cases respectively.
According to Dr Ronald Opiko, the Center Manager at TASO Soroti, 70 percent of their clients are unable to come to the centre for drugs due to the lockdown. Among the affected are the elderly, clients in distant places and other vulnerable clients.
Soroti Regional Referral Hospital Director Dr Michael Muwanga says that eight persons have remained under institutional quarantine at Soroti Comprehensive Nursing School while one person presenting with signs and symptoms of the virus is in isolation at the TB Unit.
Bishop Obaikol asked Christians to desist from interfering in church matters. He also appealed for calm in the transitional process of the diocese, urging Christians to pray instead of fronting violence.
Olaraju who was riding a police motorcycle knocked Peter Osakan, 66 near Cornerstone Pub in Nakatunya Ward, Soroti Municipality while he was rushing to reinforce police officers at Central Police Station.
Subsequently, a group of youth started pelting stones at the police and later blocked Soroti- Lira road, adjacent to Soroti Regional Referral Hospital. The other groups took off to the Soroti Sports Ground chanting FDC slogans. They burnt tyres on the road, blocking traffic for about 30 minutes before the police dispersed them.