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Gulu Task Force Subjected to Second COVID-19 Test

Gloria Aloyo, the Gulu District Information Officer says that the decision to compulsorily subject the task force members was prompted by the risk and the level of their exposure with the community.
11 Jul 2020 10:32
Members of the Gulu COVID-19 Task Force undergoing mandatory COVID-19 Testing at the District Health Office compound - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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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 directive. 

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.

//Cue in: “We meet people …  

Cue out: …other people.’’// 

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 the virus.

//Cue in: “I am very… 

Cue out: …go for treatment.’’//

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.

//Cue in: “As you are…  

Cue out: …and is continuing.’’//

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 referral Hospital.