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