Gulu Task Force for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic has again
been subjected to the second round of mandatory test against COVID-19.
More than 200 members of the Task Force who include security officers;
journalists, development partners from the Civil Society Organizations, health
workers, local leaders among others are expected to heed to the
This follows increasing community infections and flow back of transmission of
the virus from Elegu, at the Uganda – South Sudan border in neighbouring Amuru
District. The district has recorded up to 47 community infections all of
whom are being treated at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital.
Since March, Gulu has only recorded four community infections while Amuru recorded
up to 121 positive cases. Of those 67 were long-distance cargo truck drivers;
47 community infections, four intercepted cases from porous border points and
three cases from Pabbo SS institutional quarantine centre.
Gloria Aloyo, the Gulu District Information Officer says that the
decision to compulsorily subject the task force members were prompted by the
risk and the level of their exposure with the community.
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William Lony, a psycho social counsellor under risk communication and community
engagement committee of the Task Force who undertook the mandatory test
divulged that the exercise provides a window for the members to keep safe from
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The Gulu District Health Officer Yoweri Idiba explained that members who will
not comply with the mandatory directive will not be allowed to attend and
participate in the subsequent meetings of the Task Force.
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The Resident District Commissioner, Maj. Santo Okot Lapolo, also
the Task Force Chairperson explained to URN that if some results of the members
turn positive, they will be kept confidential for fear of community stigma.
It is the second time the Task Force is subjecting its members or mandatory
COVID-19 test since May when the Ministry of Health Commissioner who visited
and interacted with some of the team members tested positive.
The surveillance and case management subcommittee of the Task Force has so far
responded to 1,045 cases out of which 160 cumulative cases turned positive with
102 recoveries and 58 active cases still undergoing treatment at Gulu Regional