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Staff Shortage Hindering COVID-19 Fight in Elegu :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Staff Shortage Hindering COVID-19 Fight in Elegu

Robert Onekalit, the In-charge of the facility says the eight-member team is facing an uphill task serving a population of 3,000 to 5,000 people especially long distance cargo drivers and travers every day.
03 Jun 2021 14:56
Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health assessing the Amuru District COVID-19 response activities in Elegu One Stop Border Post last year- Photo by Dominic Ochola.

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Medical workers in Elegu in Amuru District, the main point of entry to neighbouring South Sudan have decried understaffing in the management of Coronavirus Disease – COVID-19 situation at the border.

Currently, there are only eight health staff deployed by the Ministry of Health to conduct the screening of travellers, testing of COVID-19 samples, evacuating persons who have tested positive and tracing of contacts.

Robert Onekalit, in charge of the facility, says the eight-member team is facing an uphill task serving a population of 3,000 to 5,000 people especially long-distance cargo drivers and travellers every day.

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Onekalit observed that with a negative mindset and reckless behaviour among the border community, several residents have deliberately declined to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine while others flout the standard operating procedures – SOPs.

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Geoffrey Oceng Osborn, the Resident District Commissioner who doubles as the COVID-19 Task Force Chairperson says they have co-opted and trained over 200 Village Health Teams (VHTs) to complement the work of the medical staff.

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Available statistics indicate that since April 2020, up to 35,000 people have been cumulatively tested at the border. Of those, 761 were found positive which made Amuru of the epicentres of the virus in the country especially due to the influx of truckers.

Overall, According to the Ministry of Health latest update with the current spike in transmissions, Uganda has cumulatively registered 48,676 cases since April 2020 and 364 deaths so far.