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UGANDA: Covid sample collection at Oraba boarder point

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The dilapidated state of samples collection room at Oraba boarder point is worrying health workers working on ground. The district is currently using an abandoned room which was initially used as a police post at the boarder point. According to some of the health workers on ground, the situation is tense whenever it rains since the rain blows directly into the room where they sample collection tools and other laboratory equipment’s are being kept. They also say the room leaks as sometime by the they report for work, you find that the room is watery and also the equipment wet hence making them start work late and frustrating their efforts.

One of the health workers who declined to be mentioned told daily monitor that despite the efforts to work and serve, their efforts are being frustrated due to the condition of the room they are working in.

“This room is risky to our lives because you find that when it’s raining, the water is being filed in the room and sometimes even when it rains heavily, you might think the roof is going off, so the situation and the condition of the room is not good. Even sometimes when it starts raining, we now resort to suspending work since its risky”

He further says though the district tried to improvise a tent for the truck drivers to seat under, the tent is also not in good condition.

Dr. Oloya Denis the acting district health officer for Koboko says the challenge of the screening area at Oraba boarder point is something that the district is trying to look forward. He says as per now the district doesn’t have proper screening and sample collection place at the border.

“As per now we do not have yet a good place where we can do the screening process at the boarder point which is a big challenge, initially when we got this challenge of outbreak of this pandemic, we engaged with the oraba team to see whether we can identify either a room or space which we can use for screening and sample collection ,so the team was able to give us a room and that is a room which was used as police post some years back but the condition is not good.”

Dr. Oloya told daily monitor.

He further says the room on ground is not healthy and good enough to be used for sample collection as it has continued to put the lives and health of the health workers on ground as risk.

“we also realised that the room is little small and poorly ventilated which generally will put the health of the health workers who are collecting samples at risk, so we tried to look around if we can provide another tent to help have at least spacious and well ventilated environment for the team on ground.”

According to Denis, though they have tried to engage some of the district partners to see how the situation can be helped, they have not received yet positive response.

“We have promises from our partners that we have in the district, one we have UNHCR that had promised to erect us a temporary shed with flour cemented and even our partner AMURAF promised to give us two tents to support in the screening process at the boarder point.”

Denis however requested that government should look into the matter since the room is not in good condition yet there is need to have the medical team on ground due to the location of the boader.

“We know with the challenge, in the long term as solution to this, government must be thinking on how to erect a structure in place that can support these activities at the boarder point.”

—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: July 16, 2020 at 09:26AM

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