Wilson Acuma, a member of the local council executives also told URN that they have submitted a fresh list of the over 5000 residents to the district health department through their village health teams.
of Apaa Township in Amuru district has rejected the Long Lasting Insecticide
Treated Nets in the ongoing distribution by the Ministry of Health.
The town council chairperson, Maliam Abwola told URN on Wednesday
morning that his executive resolved to reject the 384 mosquito nets allocated to
the town council for fear of stirring confusion and unnecessary tension among
Abwola explained that their assessment indicates that there are more than 5000
households in the area meaning that the 384 nets are very inadequate for the
population. Wilson Acuma, a member of the town council executive says they have
submitted a fresh list of the over 5000 residents to the district health
the department through their village health teams for consideration.
He says it wouldn’t be right for the leaders to accept the
384 nets, which can’t event cover a quarter of their population. Acuma also
disclosed that the residents rejected the verification exercise by health teams
from Adjumani district for the distribution of the net due to the tension between the
communities of Amuru and Adjumani districts over land.
Geoffrey Apollo Okello, the Amuru District Health Secretary told
URN that they would look into the matter at the district level. Abraham Opiro,
a resident of Apaa concurred with the decision of the town council leadership, saying
everyone deserves to benefit from the distribution of the nets.
Amuru district received 174,080 pieces of the Long Lasting Insecticide Treated
Nets from the Ministry of Health. Malaria prevalence stands at 67% in the
district, according to statistics from the health department.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc