Leaders in Lamwo district are concerned about the increasing cases of COVID-19 registered over the past four days.
The District has recorded 79 cases between January 2 and January 5, 2022, from the various testing centres. Reports from the district task force indicate that there were three cases registered on January 2, eleven cases on January 3, 29 cases on January 4, and 26 cases on January 5.
The district has registered 835 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic hit the country, almost two years ago, according to Dr Denis Ocula Omoya, the acting District Health Officer. Lamwo Woman MP Nancy Achora Odonga suspects that the location of the district; on the border with South Sudan exposes citizens to infections because its often hard to control movement in and out.
The legislator explains that the leaders also think that the rising cases are a result of the intense interaction among the people during the festivities, including gathering such as funeral rites, clan meetings and marriages.
She appealed to people who have not yet been vaccinated to do so and complete their doses to avoid reinfections and risking the lives and those around them.
Lamwo district Chairman Sisto Oyet, says the district has attained an 83 per cent vaccination rate yet cases are rising. He says that the only measure that they have to take is to start re-emphasizing the enforcement of Standard Operating Procedures, SOPs.
The Ministry of Health guidelines requires that all adults wear face masks while in public during the pandemic, use hand sanitisers, maintain social distance and get vaccinated to protect themselves. However, this is not being followed in many public places.