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Kitgum Taskforce Members Undergo Mandatory COVID-19 Test

Those undergoing the test include journalists, security officers, local government officials, businessmen, development partners and health officials among others in the various taskforce subcommittees.
Kitgum District LCV Chairperson Jackson Omona undergoes covid-19 testing on Saturday.


Members of Kitgum district COVID-19 taskforce have today started undergoing mandatory testing for the Coronovirus.

The mandatory test was ordered by William Komakech, the Kitgum Resident District commissioner who also doubles as the chairperson of the COVID-19 taskforce. 

The move follows a recent spike in confirmed cases of COVID-19 community transmissions in the district.   

At least 17 people among them eight health workers from Kitgum maternity home, one health worker from Kitgum General hospital and eight residents of Apollo grounds in Central division yesterday tested positive for COVID-19.

Komakech told Uganda Radio Network - URN in an interview that the decision will help to ascertain the health status of the committee members amidst the recent spike in the COVID-19 cases.  

Those undergoing the test include journalists, security officers, local government officials, businessmen, development partners and health officials among others in the various taskforce subcommittees.

Komakech says some of the members have been mingling in hot spot areas and thus knowing their health status would help to curtail possible spread of the disease.  

He said the taskforce committee has also with immediate effect cordoned off all entrances to Apollo Grounds, an area now considered a COVID-19 hot spot in the district. Komakech says businesses that attract gatherings and free movements of individuals in the area have been banned for a period of two weeks.  

Simon Knox Okongo, the district surveillance focal officer says it's unclear whether some of the taskforce members had come into contact with the positive cases and added that conducting mandatory tests will rule out their fears.