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Aceng declines to lift new COVID lockdown imposed on Gulu

Minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng in Gulu earlier

Minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng in Gulu earlier

The ministry of Health has declined to honour a request by the district task force to lift a fresh coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown imposed on Gulu district in northern Uganda. 

On Wednesday, police backed by the military started enforcing travel restrictions blocking private and public vehicles entering or leaving Gulu district. The resident district commissioner Maj Santo Okot Lapolo made the order.

The restrictions followed President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s directives during a televised address on Monday imposing 14 days’ lockdown on eight districts with evidence of high community COVID-19 transmissions.

According to the president, the districts with a potential cluster of infections still under surveillance include; Adjumani, Amuru, Arua, Buikwe, Kyankwanzi, Kyotera, Luweero, Nebbi, Moyo and Tororo.

On Wednesday Gulu taskforce through the district LC V chairperson Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, wrote to the national task force through Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, the minister of Health requesting for a review the decision of locking down Gulu district.

In his letter, Mapenduzi cited only four community infection cases of the contagion in the district who are undergoing treatment. He also argued that all the contacts of the patients have been traced by the surveillance team and put under mandatory institutional and self-quarantine.

But in her response letter dated June 24, minister Aceng said the district will remain under lockdown for now. She cited the case of a 23-year-old male who tested positive at Laroo health centre and is currently hospitalized at Gulu regional referral hospital treatment unit.

“His contacts in Gulu are still under routine follow up till 29th June with potential to convert either COVID-19 positive or negative.” Aceng’s letter partly read. Adding that, “Therefore a decision to unlock your district will be taken after 29th June, 2020.”

Aceng also lauded the district taskforce for vigilance, commitment and successfully managing many COVID-19 cases and other response activities. She further urged the leaders to inform the population accordingly.

Up to 75 cumulative patients for COVID-19 have been discharged from the treatment centre at Gulu hospital since April. However, currently there are 43 active cases still undergoing treatment at the facility.



+1 #1 Amooti Mugi 2020-06-27 07:07
Ugandan fools don't know the use of face masks in stemming the spread of China flu and have made it a habit to just wear masks on their chins!!!

Even passengers on public transport like taxis, including drivers, are just hanging the masks on their necks or cover just their mouths!!!

I was pleased with a police officer whom I saw on a Kampala street advising some idiots to wear their masks correctly, but sadly opposite the street, other people were not bothered about wearing masks.

Police should start compelling Ugandans to wear the masks using hasher means especially when on Taxis and buses! It is utter stupidity to hang a mask on the Chinese while in public or on a taxi !
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0 #2 Amooti Mugi 2020-06-27 07:15
Police should start carrying out operations to arrest Ugandan fools who appear in public/ congested areas including on Taxis and buses without masks or just hanging the masks on their chins!!

Road blocks must enforce mask wearing, that should be one of the key reasons why they are mounted.
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