The Khadi decried the rampant cases of sexual abuses that were and are being meted on young girls within the Acholi Sub Region especially due to the restrictions aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus disease in the country.
The Paramount Chief while speaking to URN during an interview from his Palace in Gulu City, disclosed that it is undoubted that the health workers are operating under harsh conditions with no proper or inadequate personal safety equipment being provided to them while on duty.
Rwot Acana told URN during an interview at his palace in Gulu City that the current level of sexual abuse meted out at young girls and violence against children in the Acholi Sub Region and other parts of the country call for collective responsibility.
Emmy Obal, 17, a resident of Tegwana Parish, Pece –Laroo Division in Gulu City allegedly succumbed to the injuries he sustained after jumping off a speeding police patrol vehicle that was transporting him and his colleagues to Gulu Central Police Station following their arrest.
The vendors, especially women, argue that the markets they are operating from are unhealthy, insecure and have poor structures, which could make them vulnerable to contracting diseases and falling prey to criminals.
Dr Norah Nakato, the Hospital Principal Senior Nursing Officer says that the decision was reached following overwhelming demand for space. She says that attention will only be given to women with complications, who will be treated in a single room that was previously meant for the adolescent clinic.
Dr. Paska Apiyo, the In-charge of the Covid-19 Treatment Unit (CTU) at GRRH told URN that the late Dr. Arach had been admitted at the unit for treatment for over a week but the hospital ran short of oxygen due to power outages that was being experienced within Gulu City for at least two days which grounded the generation of oxygen.
Geoffrey Topiny, the Head of Risk Communication and Community Engagement of Gulu City COVID -19 Taskforce revealed that he receives between three to four complaints of stigmatization from COVID -19 patients undergoing home-based care treatment daily.
William Onyai, the Gulu District Health Educator says the Village Taskforces Chaired by Village Chairpersons became dormant towards the end of last year when the rate of infections went down and that they have been revived late last week to monitor the COVID -19 patients reviving treatment from home.
The nursing assistant who has now been evacuated to Gulu Regional Referral Hospital COVID-19 Treatment Unit tested positive for the disease on Thursday last week. However before she was tested, she had earlier been mixing with patients and people in the neighbourhood.
Martin Okwir, the ICC Outreach Coordinator told URN in an interview that the chambers invited experts, victim’s organizations and Civil Society Organization among others with deeper knowledge on the victims’ situations to write and request the court to permit them to offer advice and opinions on how best the reparations should be conducted.
Maria Kamara Mabinty, the International Criminal Court –ICC Outreach Coordinator for East Africa told URN in an interview that the extension of the deadline for the appeal comes following the request made by Ongwen’s defense team being led by Krispus Ayena Odongo late last month.
The 141.7 million shillings for the rehabilitation works are part of the 2.192 billion shillings allocated to the Health Department for the financial year 2021/2022 budget of 36.9 billion shillings approved by Gulu City Council.