Yoweri Idiba, the Gulu District Health Officer - DHO says on average; the task force needs a minimum of 80 liters of fuel every 24 hours or cash equivalent of one million shillings for the ambulances to respond to emergencies.
Gulu District covid-19 Task Force has been hard hit by lack of
fuel for vehicles supposed to facilitate emergency response activities.
Yoweri Idiba the District Health Officer says on average; the task force needs
a minimum of 80 litres of fuel every 24 hours or cash equivalent of one million
Shillings for the ambulances to respond to emergencies.
Idiba revealed that the Task Force has been rallying the business
community; well-wishers and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to contribute
in-kind to help them combat the spread of the virus but little has been
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In March, Gulu formed a 56-member committee comprising of local leaders, health
experts and security personnel among others. The committee budgeted for 327
million Shillings for medical supplies and equipment to enhance its preventive
However, Tom Oree, the Deputy Resident District Commissioner said the catchment
area for Gulu Task Force has stretched even to neighbouring Omoro; Nwoya, Amuru
and Lamwo districts which require more logistical support.
According to Oree, the meagre fuel they have been mobilizing from development
partners like World Vision; Save the Children and Soletere Foundation among
others has been consumed in police operations backed by Uganda People’s Defense
Forces – UPDF soldiers.
Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the Public Relations Officer in the Ministry
of Health said the National Task Force on COVID-19 is yet to convene later this
week to scrutinize the budgets for the different districts before funds are
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Gulu District has so far responded to over 70 suspected cases of COVID-19 since
mid-March this year. All the cases have been under self and institutional
quarantine at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor
Hospital, the only two gazetted isolation and treatment centres.