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Acholi Paramount Chief Pleads With Gov`t to Improve Welfare of Health Workers

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.
The Paramount Chief of Acholi, David Onen Acan II arriving at the celebration of Acholi Cultural festival at Kaund ground in Gulu in December 2018.

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His Highness Rwot Onen David Acana II, the Paramount Chief of the Acholi Cultural Institution has asked the government to improve on the welfare of health workers as they battle the coronavirus disease pandemic.

Rwot Acana says that it is unfortunate that while a number of health workers in the different health facilities have dedicated their lives to save the world from the dreaded disease, their welfare remains a matter of concern.  

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 safety equipment being provided to them while on duties. 

//Cue in: ‘’amiti apwo lutic… 

 

Cue out: …me yoto kum.’’// 

 

Eng. Translation. 

‘’I want to appreciate the health workers for sacrificing their lives for us, I know they are working hard but their working conditions is not good, they are not being protected as required but this is self-dedication. Gulu Hospital, Lacor and even private hospitals, I send congratulations for your efforts in saving lives, I also ask government to improve their welfare of health workers because they are saving lives.’’  

This, he explains, has caused the lives of some of the health workers with several others still battling the virus.

  

Rwot Acana`s plea comes at a time when a number of health workers in the country have contracted the coronavirus disease while others have succumbed to it.  

Report from the Uganda Medical Association General Secretary, Dr. Mukuzi Muhereza indicates that more than one hundred health workers in Uganda have died of the coronavirus disease with over 2,000 infected since March last year.   

The association attributes the deaths and infections to poor working conditions, lack of personal protective equipment and poor facilities. 

  

For instance, in Gulu district 108 health workers have tested positive for the coronavirus disease and four of them succumbed to the virus since March last year.   

Janet Oola, the Nwoya District Health Officer on the other hand disclosed to URN that the district has only received personal protective equipment from the nurses` union once and it is currently battling shortages since to date they have not received anymore.

  

Dr. Beatrice Acan, the coronavirus infection and control focal person in Gulu district echoed the Rwot's sentiments saying the provision of personal protective equipment to protect the health workers against the disease while on duties is key since a recent survey in the various health facilities within Gulu indicates that all medical workers are at high risk of infection.

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