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Karenga Taskforce Close NGO Office for Refusing Quarantine Staff, Disinfect

"It's unfortunate that some of our development partners who could be helping us to sensitise the masses against COVID-19 are the ones contravening the guidelines," the RDC said.
09 Sep 2021 14:33
The Karenga District COVID-19 Taskforce has closed the offices of MANNA development agency, a nongovernmental organization operating in the district.

Led by the Resident District Commissioner, Samuel Mpimbaza, the task force decided to close the offices on Wednesday morning, saying its leaders had refused to quarantine two staff that tested positive for COVID-19 and disinfect the offices.  

Hashaka told URN that the top administration of the MANNA organization turned down several calls from the task force to quarantine the affected staff and disinfect. 

"It's unfortunate that some of our development partners who could be helping us to sensitise the masses against COVID-19 are the ones contravening the guidelines, “he said.  

He said the offices will not open until all the staffs working in the organization are quarantined and treated. Karenga District Health Inspector, Riews Ilukol accused the team of MANNA development agency of being stubborn.

"These people have been so stubborn they don't follow the SOPs put in place by the Ministry of Health. When two of their staff tested positive, we advised the entire team to go for testing and quarantine themselves but they refused and continued operating. Even those who tested positive continued mixing with the community, “he said.  

According to Ilukol, the managers chased health workers from the district deployed to fumigate their office making it for the district to secure the lives of residents who often visit the office for services.

Nicolas Lofane, the managing director of MANNA development Agency warned of legal action against anyone talking about MANNA development agency. 

"My brother I don't know what you’re talking about. It's true some of our staffs tested positive and they were quarantined and by the way that's not what makes news. I think we shall take action against anyone trying to malice our organisation, “he said.

Norah Akidi, one of the residents of Karenga town council appealed to the district task force to address the situation and open the office of the agency, saying that many farmers will lose the services rendered by the development partner.

"We do request the district to sit down with the officials from MANNA development Agency and resolved the issues so that people continue getting services rendered by the NGO," she said. 

MANNA is a development agency that operates in South Sudan and Uganda. Part of their funding comes from Sudan.