“The flour is almost getting spoilt, so we are thinking that it should be given or sold away to prominent people in the district so that they don’t get spoilt. When we need them, we shall get the food back because at the moment, the quarantine centers are empty,” Dr Okello says.
Kitgum District Covid-19 taskforce members recieve food donation from Lilian Aber, the Senior presidential Advisor on youth. Photo By Julius Ocungi
At least one ton of maize flour donated
to feed Covid-19 suspects in Kitgum District is nearing expiry due to absence
of consumers in all designated quarantine centers.
For a month now, Kitgum district hasn't admitted any Covid-19 suspect in the quarantine at Kitgum General Hospital, St Joseph
Hospital and Pandwong Health Center III.
Dr Geoffrey Okello, the Acting Medical Superintendent Kitgum
General Hospital, says the maize flour has stayed
for long in their stores with no one to consume it.
Also in the hospital store lying
redundant are 500Kgs of Rice and 500kgs of beans.
Dr Okello says they are now considering giving out the food items on credit or sell it off in
the market before it rots away.
“The flour is almost getting
spoilt, so we are thinking that it should be given or sold away to prominent
people in the district so that they don’t get spoilt. When we need them, we
shall get the food back because at the moment, the quarantine centers are empty,”
Dr Okello says.
He says they anticipate to use
proceeds from the food to replenish their stock in case they receive suspects
in quarantine centers.
Amuli Kasugga Kintu, the Kitgum
Deputy Resident District Commissioner, says the task-force’s central executive committee
will sit to see ways of offloading the food nearing expiry from their stores.
He however discouraged the task force
members against handing out the food items to civil servants as it attracts
suspicion from the community and stakeholders.
Kintu instead suggested that the flour can be handed out to traders within the Municipality who will sell it and pay back the task-force with fresh maize flours, beans and rice.
The matter has come at a time the
task-force members are still divided over the premature closure of one of the
covid-19 quarantine centers in Pandwong Health Center III in Pandwong Division.
On Fridayy, Simon Knox Okongo, the
Kitgum District Surveillance Focal Point person revealed during the weekly
Covid-19 task force meeting that normal health services have resumed at
Pandwong Health Center III.
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