The district deployed 13 health workers at the Uganda-South Sudan border to conduct surveillance and screening of long-distance cargo truck drivers en-route to Juba since the outbreak of coronavirus disease.
Amuru District leaders have designated the refugee collection centre in
Elegu Town Council to temporarily accommodate health workers deployed to combat
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
The district deployed 13 health workers at the Uganda-South Sudan
border to conduct surveillance and screening of long-distance cargo
drivers en-route to Juba since the outbreak of coronavirus disease.
But the district Chairperson
Michael Lakony explained that for the past three months, it was difficult for
the health workers to cope with the accommodation challenges given the poor infrastructure
development in Elegu.
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To solve the problem, the area leaders have identified a four-acre piece of land which was being
administered by the government and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees –
UNHCR, as a transit camp for South Sudanese asylum seekers. The land had become redundant following the reduction in the number of refugees fleeing from South Sudan into Uganda in
the wake of global COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Patrick Odong Olwedo, the District
Health Officer – DHO says that they decided to use the facility to
regulate the risk of exposure of health staff with
the community, given the nature of their work as front liners.
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According to Grandfield
Oryono, the area Chief Administrative Officer, a team of experts from the
Ministry of Health has already undertaken an assessment of the facility to be
renovated first before it is occupied by the health staff.
Dr Joyce Moriku
Kaducu, the State Minister for Primary Healthcare disclosed that the Ministry
has already endorsed the construction of a level III Health Centre at Elegu Town Council
and will comprise staff quarters to address accommodation challenges.
Elegu residents trek up to Biabia Health Centre III, the nearest hospital, a distance of 11km
to seek for healthcare delivery. To solve the problem, the district has offered a three-acre piece of land for the construction of Elegu Health