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Amuru COVID-19 Taskforce Struggles to Track Evacuated Students From Kampala

Michael Lakony, the LCV Chairperson says that they don`t have records of the students and are cash strapped and lack enough resources including transport to follow up and monitor their conditions.
Michael Lakony the Amuru district chairperson

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The Amuru District coronavirus disease (COVID-19) task force is struggling to track and monitor students who were evacuated from various learning institutions in Kampala.

Hundreds of students were in the past three days evacuated from Kampala City following the closure of all learning institutions by the government to contain the spread of COVID-19.  However, only 500 students were subjected to the COVID-19 test and 47 turned positive. 

Michael Lakony, the LCV Chairperson says that they don`t have records of the students and are cash strapped and lack enough resources including transport to follow up and monitor their conditions.   

He fears that much as the students were allowed into their families without being tested for COVID-19, they are still unsure if their parents and guardians have placed them under isolation for the required 14 days.

//Cue in: ‘’we are looking…  

Cue out: …it from home.’’// 

On Thursday the district COVID-19 summoned all development partners and Non-Governmental Organizations-NGOs operating in the district in a bid to request financial support.

Apollo Okello, the Amuru district secretary for Education and Health noted that they intend to use the Village Health Teams, local council structures and leaders to help track down the health status of the students in their areas for the next 14 days.  

Eddie Oujhara, the Chairperson of the Acholi Students Association has also asked the students to isolate for the next 14 days as their health conditions are being monitored.

In the neighbouring Gulu and Kitgum districts, Stephen Odong Latek and William Komakech the resident district commissioners have asked parents of the evacuated students to take them for COVID-19 tests and also isolate them for at least 14 days.

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