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Maracha District Health Workers Stuck in Arua Over Inter-District Travel Ban

President Museveni Museveni early this month announced a ban on inter-district travel to prevent a further spread of COVID-19 as Uganda battles a more deadly wave of the pandemic. The president subsequently banned public transport implying that even essential workers who did not have their own means of transport would be unable to move.
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Six health workers employed in Maracha district are stuck in Arua following the Presidential ban on inter-district travel to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The six health workers are all attached to Maracha Health Center IV.

President Museveni Museveni early this month announced a ban on inter-district travel to prevent a further spread of COVID-19 as Uganda battles a more deadly wave of the pandemic. The president subsequently banned public transport implying that even essential workers who did not have their own means of transport would be unable to move.

The health workers who reside in Arua have been commuting to Maracha using public transport. Rasul Jurua, the health officer in charge of environmental health Maracha district said the health department has no transport means for staff but pledges to work out a modality for use of private motorcycles to arrest the situation.  

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Maracha Resident District Commissioner Nahori Oyaa has tasked the Chief Administrative Officer and District Health Officer to ensure immediate action is taken to enable the affected health workers to attend to their duties with immediate effect.  

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But Maracha Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Richard Wambi has advised the commuting staff based in Arua to immediately relocate and rent within Maracha so as to avoid further risks. 

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Cue out; denying people services."// 

Meanwhile, Maracha district chairman Stephen Obitre said there is a need for an immediate solution to have the staff temporarily relocate to Maracha as the administration works out staff accommodation for them at the health centre. 

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Cue out; means they are using."//  

As a measure to enable the staff manage movement during the pandemic period, Maracha district the administration has embarked on issuing travel permits for their staff with private means but those without and staying in other districts have been left at a fix.  Records show that the health centre has 14 members of staff.

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