MOYO. Moyo district authorities have appealed for urgent help to train their staff and offer more logistical and technical support in the face of the increasing threat of COVID-19.

The authorities are worried that despite the threat, the district still lacks isolation facilities with the staff not only few in numbers but lacking in the required skills to combat the virus.

The district health officer (DHO) Dr Franklin Iddi has asked the ministry of health and partners to train the staff for effective management of the cases in case of an outbreak.

“Most of our staff are ignorant about this disease. We are appealing for help to train our staff, equally the village health team so that we are able to contain this virus if it breaks” Dr Iddi said.

He said besides skills, the district had run short of personal protective gears which are used to assess or screen suspected people including tools for taking samples

He was speaking during the district COVID-19 task force meeting held on Wednesday at Moyo people’s hall.

The meeting was held at the backdrop of a suspected case of a 32 year-old woman, a resident of Metu Sub County who was said to have travelled on 20th March 2020 from Dubai.

Dr Iddi further revealed that, the district was finalizing a preparedness plan which would come with its budget line.

Moyo DHODr Franklin Iddi, the Moyo DHO speaks during the meeting.

District chairman Williams Anyama expressed disappointment over the government’s poor response in terms of support to the district.

“The issue of logistics and transport is real. We heard that government has already spent over shs100 billion on this pandemic. I am wondering what this money has done in our region West Nile”

“How can we run community sensitization without support from the center?” A furious Anyama asked.

Anyama warned that the suspected case in Metu Sub County should never be taken lightly following the confirmation of the disease in Adjumani district.

Ms Teresa Ongora, the head of UNHCR sub office for Moyo and Obongi district pledged to procure eight temperature measuring machines for passengers at Laropi and Obongi ferries in Moyo and Obongi districts respectively.

Moyo resident district commissioner Mr. William Bob Labeja directed security operatives to forcefully shut down bars that have continued to operate in the district.

He said the district was in consultation with the ministry of health to identify isolation places.

The meeting also resolved to engage all the LCs in the district to sensitize people on hand washing as emphasized by the president and ministry of health.