Gulu Orders Schools To Deploy Health Workers At School Gates
Gulu District education department has directed all schools, both primary and secondary, to put in place facilities for hand washing and also deploy health workers at the school gate as preventive measures deemed critical in fighting the spread of new coronavirus disease [COVID-19].
Ceasor Akena, the Gulu district education officer also directed school administrators to educate pupils and students about the deadly virus and preventive measures that include no hands shaking and hugging.
Although there are no confirmed cases of the disease in Uganda, the Ministry of Health has remained on high alert following the outbreak of coronavirus in the neighbouring East African countries including Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.
Globally, figures from WHO show that 173,344 people have been infected with the disease from over 152 countries. In Africa, over 300 cases in 25 countries have been recorded.
Meanwhile, Gulu Municipality authorities were yet to start implementing preventive measures deemed critical in fighting the spread of new coronavirus disease [COVID-19].
Investigation Mega Fm conducted found out that several public facilities and offices within the district have no facilities for hand washing.
It includes Gulu main market, Gulu central police station, Gulu main bus park and public officers including Gulu district health department and education.
On Tuesday, Maj. Okot Santos Lapolo, the Gulu Resident District Commissioner who is the chairperson coronavirus task force chairperson directed Gulu Municipal health department to ensure that hand washing facilities and coronavirus related health messages are pinned in public places as some of the preventive measures.
The RDC also directed that buses from Eastern Uganda and South Sudan be parked in one place where there is a sanitizer for passengers disembarking in Gulu town.