Richard Watmon, the former Paibona Sub County LC 3 Chairperson has welcomed the move, saying that once people shunned Paibona Health Centre III after a nursing assistant tested positive for the disease yet he was mingling with patients.
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.
The NRM party Returning Officer for Gulu District George Ebola told Uganda Radio Network - URN that this is a requirement for every candidate before picking a nomination form. Ebola asserted that no candidate will be allowed to pick a nomination form before presenting their COVID-19 test results.
A group of environmental activists have chipped in to fill the gap with innovative ideas of producing affordable, yet protective medical face shields for health workers in the region using recycled plastic wastes. Takataka plastics, a social enterprise co-founded by Peter Okwoko is using melted polyethene terephthalate [PET] bottle plastic wastes to produce the shields.
Another UPDF personnel attached to the UPDF 4th Division lamented they have been arresting and sometimes beating suspects defying lawful orders without any protective equipment exposing them and their families to risk.