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Amuru Revives 253 Village COVID-19 Taskforces Following Surge in COVID-19 Cases

The intervention comes after the district is reportedly recording an upsurge in the cases of COVID-19 infections yet the residents are reluctant to observe the Standard Operating Procedures -SOPs and health ministry`s guidelines to contain the spread of the disease.
Richard Rubangakene (L) the Kaladima Village Covid-19 taskforce Chairperson during a meeting. Photo by Emmy Daniel Ojara

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Amuru has revived two hundred and fifty-three Village COVID-19 Taskforces following a surge in coronavirus disease cases in the district.

  

The intervention comes after the district is reportedly recording an upsurge in the cases of COVID-19 infections yet the residents are reluctant to observe the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and health ministry`s guidelines to contain the spread of the disease.

The task forces have been dormant since last year when the rate of COVID-19 infections in the district and country at large went down. 

 

The Village Taskforce drawn from the 253 villages comprises nine members including Village Health Teams -VHTs, Local Council executives, religious and cultural leaders under the leadership of the village chairperson.  

In Atiak Sub County, Samuel Akera said that the Village Task Forces were formed over the weekend following a directive from the Resident District Commissioner and District Health Officer in response to the surge in the cases of COVID-19 being recorded in the district daily. 

 

Akera disclosed to URN on Sunday that more than five cases of COVID-19 cases are recorded in Attiak Sub County daily based on the proximity of Elegu Border Point which is a main entry from South Sudan. 

  

The Village Taskforces are required and entitled to sensitize members of the public to follow SOPs and the health ministry`s guidelines to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Luo Byte: 

//Cue in: ‘’macalo Amuru local…

Cue out: …jami eni weng.’’// 

  Eng. Translation ‘’ As Amuru district local government, they showed us how the structure should look like so we did we all of that, we are trying to see that all trading centers where there are bars, night movements you know the president`s directive. Motorcycles at 5pm should stop movement and must not carry anyone, vehicles the same unless it is in regards to health issues so we are trying to follow all those things.’’

 

They are also mandated to monitor and ensure that COVID-19 patients in home based care do not mix with other people as it had been the case previously.

 

Joseph Tukupe, the Ogali Village Chairperson in Amuru Sub County told URN that the taskforce in his area will also focus on strengthening the capacity of security personnel to ensure maximum compliance to the SOPs and guidelines on COVID-19. 

  

He explained that they will be conducting door to door visits in the area to ensure that all homes have hand washing equipment, there are no gatherings and all public places remain closed as directed by President Yoweri Museveni.

 

Tukupe added that the Ogali Village COVID-19 Taskforce will also ensure that no visitors are allowed in the area without clear documentation including their health status. 

  

Richard Rubangakene, the Kaladima Village COVID-19 Taskforce Chairperson told URN that they will also be alerting residents to vacate public places and go home as curfew times approaches. 

  

Apollo Okello, the Amuru district secretary for health, told URN that reviving the Village Taskforce stemmed from the high numbers of cases being registered in the district.

 Luo Byte:  //Cue in: ‘’ingeyo kit pim… 

  

Cue out: …cases tye mapol.’’//  

Eng. Translation: ‘’You know there are two types of test, PCR and RDT, Rapid Diagnostic Test and there was a day they were tested and confirmed but it is still not very clear. They used the PCR and RDT but the confirmed cases were many.’’

Okello however noted that the district Taskforce was yet to agree on the modes of operation and facilitation for the village task forces in a meeting yet to be held on Tuesday.

Anthony Akol, the Kilak North Member of Parliament called on everyone to join the fight against COVID-19 in the respective areas by ensuring the SOPs and health ministry`s guidelines are observed.

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