Sheikh Musa Khalil, the Acholi Kadhi and Co-Chair of the ARLPI told URN on Saturday that they are creating awareness about the pandemic through community engagements with local leaders to encourage people to adhere to the preventive measures.
Religious Leaders Peace Initiative (ARPLI) has embarked on a door to door campaign
to sensitise communities about coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The move stems
from reports about the increased complacency in the community about complying with
the COVID-19 preventive measures and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as
the country battles the second wave of the pandemic, which has seen a surge in
Khalil, the Acholi Kadhi and Co-Chair of the ARLPI told URN on Saturday that
they are creating awareness about the pandemic through community engagements
with local leaders to encourage people to adhere to the preventive measures.
He revealed that it is saddening that despite the surge in
infections people are still gathering, not wearing masks, still travelling to
different places and not sanitizing.
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In their outreaches, which kicked off in Omoro district last week, ARLPI is
rallying the public to respect the SOPs and practice healthy lifestyles.
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Francis Lukwiya, the ARLPI Secretary-General said that the efforts to stop COVID-19
largely depend on self-discipline, saying no one should treat the disease
lightly. Bishop Nelson Onono Ongweng, the ARLPI Chairperson, said that all
church leaders should use their different platforms to create awareness on COVID-19
Ojok, the Labora Sub County Chairperson in Omoro district, says that the
intervention is timely since there is inadequate manpower to enforce the
COVID-19 preventive guidelines. He disclosed that in his area many bars and
public places are still functional while people are still gathering in large
numbers with a few wearing face masks and observing the SOPs.
Apiyo, in charge of the COVID-19 Treatment Unit at Gulu Regional Referral
Hospital equally notes with concern the failure by the public in Gulu to follow
the SOPs. She says that people are no longer wearing face masks, sanitizing
hands and observing social distance.
Dr. Apiyo asserts that the centre has been receiving patients with severe
disease, who mostly end up in the intensive care unit – ICU. Apiyo also
urged the public to embrace the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination rolled out by the
Ministry of Health. He revealed that the main health facilities in the
region including Gulu Regional Referral Hospital and St Mary`s Hospital Lacor
have now run out of space because of the high number of COVID-19 patients.
cumulative COVID-19 cases and deaths stood at 82,082 and 1,111 respectively as
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