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ARLPI Embarks on Door to Door COVID-19 Sensitization Drive

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.
ARLPI Vice Chairperson Sheikh Musa Khalil handing over a land boundary certificate to Lucy Adokorach. Photo by Emmy Daniel Ojara

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The Acholi 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 positive cases. 

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. 

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 prevention.  



Francis 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.   


Dr. Paska 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.

Uganda`s cumulative COVID-19 cases and deaths stood at 82,082 and 1,111 respectively as of Saturday.