The disclosure of the affected health workers didn’t go down well with Koboko Municipality MP, Dr. Charles Ayume and the task force chair.
Dokolo statistics of COVID-19
district has listed the names of health workers battling COVID-19 infection raising
concern from the Parliamentary Committee assessing government responses on COVID-19
in Northern Uganda. This came up in a meeting between the legislators and Dokolo
officials led by the District Health Officer at Dokolo Council hall.
meeting, Dokolo District Health Officer, Samuel Ojok circulated copies of their
presentation to over 80 people in the meeting including journalists containing
the particulars of 18 COVID-19 positive health workers detailing their full
names, personal contacts and departments they work in. The document also
listed the facilities where the health workers are receiving treatment and
those under home-based care.
According to the documents, 7 of the affected
health workers are female while the remaining are male health workers. “All health
workers who got infection had mild or moderate cases conditions. Those who were
fully vaccinated got very mild conditions. These health workers represent 8.2%
of the workforce in Dokolo” said Ojok in the statement.
There are 17 health facilities in Dokolo
district with one Health Centre IV. The
district has cumulative registered 467 positive COVID-19 cases. However, the
disclosure of the affected health workers didn’t go down well with Koboko
Municipality MP, Dr. Charles Ayume and the task force chair. He asked the DHO to retract
the names of the health workers, saying it is unethical.
“Stigma is still a big issue, and I see you have listed the names of these health workers who are
positive, this is unethical please find a way to retract it,” Ayume said. The DHO
promised to remove the names. However, a
source in the district who did not want to be named to speak freely on the
matter, said they listed the names for possible support if any for the affected
It is not clear if the District Officials sought permission from the health workers to release their particulars.