masks districts of Kitgum and Lamwo
The Covid-19 task force for districts of Kitgum and Lamwo were handed 177,340 and 114,044 masks respectively. FILE PHOTO

The Covid-19 task force for districts of Kitgum and Lamwo were handed 177,340 and 114,044 masks respectively.

In a bid to minimize the spread of the deadly coronavirus, the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday donated close to 300,000 masks to districts of Kitgum and Lamwo.

In a statement released by the health ministry, the Covid-19 task force for districts of Kitgum and Lamwo were handed 177,340 and 114,044 masks respectively in response to the increasing cases in the two communities.

According to the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, William Komakech also the district task force chairperson, the distribution of masks comes at the right time as cases continue to surge in the district.

‘’The distribution of the face masks is timely and a relief to our district which is currently among those registering cases of COVID-19 community transmissions.’’

The Lamwo Resident District Commissioner James Nabinson Kidega said that the distribution is a relief since security has been facing challenges in implementing the mandatory wearing of face masks by members of the public. 

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masks districts of Kitgum and Lamwo
The Covid-19 task force for districts of Kitgum and Lamwo were handed 177,340 and 114,044 masks respectively. FILE PHOTO

‘’The masks will be a boost in protecting Lamwo community against COVID-19 and once we are done with the distribution everybody will be forced to wear a face mask.’’

Meanwhile, this comes at a time when the virus continues to surge around the country. The health ministry on Monday confirmed 247 new cases from tests done on the 27 September 2020 pushing the total number of confirmed cases to 7,777. 

Of these, two cases were from districts of Kisoro, Kiryandongo, Kumi, Mukono, and Pallisa while 11 districts including Buikwe, Bundibugyo, Bunyangabu, Buvuma, Kyotera, Lira, Moroto, Nebbi, Ntungamo, Tororo and Zombo all registered one case each. 23 cases were from the returnees including 18 from Saudi Arabia, four from India and one case from South Sudan.

As of Tuesday morning, a total of 4,033 people in Uganda have since been discharged after they recovered from the coronavirus while 75 have succumbed to it after the ministry confirmed two more deaths on Monday.

During her last address to the nation, the health minister, Dr Ruth Aceng said that the country has reached the fourth phase of the pandemic with widespread community transmission more so in areas around Kampala.