The Kitgum District COVID 19 Taskforce has embarked on tracing migratory
farming communities to test and vaccinate against covid-19.
The farming communities always migrate into the wilderness of Tim
Palukok and Tim Lipan hunting grounds that stretches into parts of the Sub
Counties of Namukora and Orom with the South Sudan borders.
The migratory farmers mainly residents of the Sub Counties of
Mucwini, Omiya Anyima, Namukora, Kiteny and Orom Sub Counties in Kitgum
district spend months in temporary settlements erected in the wilderness while
engaging in intensive agriculture.
The Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech, also
the COVID-19 taskforce Chairperson, says the move to trace the migratory
farming communities is to ensure that they are vaccinated.
According to Komakech, efforts of mobilizing the settlers through
their leaders to return to their homes and get vaccinated have not yielded
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The Kiteny Sub County LCIII Chairperson Alfred Okema says
imploring the migratory farming communities to return home to get vaccinated
against COVID 19 has been hindered by the inaccessible and poor road network
and limited radio coverage.
Okema also says the vaccination uptake in the sub-county has been
far below average. He says that the strategy of the covid-19 task force will boost
the vaccination exercise particularly amidst learners aged above 18 and
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The Covid-19 Surveillance district focal person Simon Knox Okongo
says the health department is also utilizing the outreaches to embark on other
services that include immunization, attending to communicable diseases,
counselling and other services.