Kitgum District COVID-19 Taskforce is seeking to secure 5,000 COVID-19 kits from the Health Ministry to conduct mass COVID-19 testing in hot spot areas within the Municipality.
The move comes in the wake of a spike in COVID-19 community infections after 17 in Kitgum people tested positive in a single day over the weekend.
The district task force estimates that there are more than 170 direct primary contacts to the positive cases with hundreds more others who are yet to be traced in the community after receiving treatment from Kitgum Maternity home and Kitgum Hospital.
William Komakech, Kitgum Resident District Commissioner also Chairperson District Covid-19 task-force, says that the health department is currently short of kits to enable them to start mass COVID-19 testing.
He notes a total of 136 samples have so far been taken from contacts and suspects in the recent days adding that some 250 sample test kits have been dispatched to aid the mass testing.
Komakech says the mass testing exercise will help them to understand the trend of the infection whether it has escalated or not within the community to determine better action.
Those that will undergo the test include residents of Apollo grounds, market vendors, Boda Boda cyclists and health workers in all private and government health facilities in the district.
Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the Health Ministry Spokesperson didn’t comment on the matter when contacted citing he was busy in a meeting. However, in an earlier interview with Mega Fm, Ainebyoona says the health Ministry had sufficient supply of sample test kits for conducting COVID-19 tests across the country.
Over the weekend, the district conducted mass testing for all its task force members among them security personnel, journalists, civil servants, health practitioners and businessmen and women.
A team of surveillance experts from the Health Ministry surveillance Division have since been dispatched to the district following a spike in COVID-19 cases to conduct assessments and line listings of contacts.