Arua municipal council authorities in collaboration with Community Health Evangelism, a Christian based organisation have launched a campaign against Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Arua town.
During the launch at Arua main market on over the weekend among others Democratic Party's Lemeriga Fadhil, a 240litres handwashing facility donated by Community Health Evangelism was installed at the entrance of the market to minimize the chances of contracting or spreading the disease in the market.
“Our action today is in response to the Presidential directive on Coronavirus where public gatherings like markets must have handwashing facilities at entrance. If by bad luck the disease reaches us, it should find us prepared,” Dr. Pontius Apangu, the Arua municipal council health officer said.
He added that the municipal council has mobilised all health actors and non-health actors to ensure that markets and shops have handwashing facilities in place.
Apangu disclosed that the Arua main market tenderer has been tasked to ensure the sustainability of the handwashing facility and also designate more points in the various corners of the market which will intensively be monitored by the municipal health office.
Arua municipal council health officer, Dr. Pontius Apangu.
He called upon the public to comply with the handwashing preventive measure even at the household level.
Mr Geoffrey Adroa, the community facilitator for the Community Health Evangelism said his organisation will donate nine more handwashing facilities across Arua town.
Mr Isah Afeku Kato, the Arua municipality mayor said: “We must not take Coronavirus pandemic for granted but we need to protect ourselves by rubbishing the believe that this sickness will not reach here.”
The chairman Arua market vendors Association, Mr Nelson Dada said his office is going to collaborate with the market tenderer to ensure that disinfectants don’t miss at handwashing points.
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