BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU
ARUA. Friday, February 05, 2021: Concerned that the laxity in adhering to the ministry of health guidelines to control the spread of Covid 19, the members of the Arua Slum Dwellers Federation have stepped in to sensitize the community.
“We have realized that there is fatigue among the people towards observance of the standard operating procedures. Hand washing at markets and bodaboda stages has stopped. There are no hand-washing facilities at homes,” said Hassan Yasin, the federation’s coordinator for Arua region.
On Friday, they stepped up their efforts with provision of sh1.3m worth of hand washing facilities and alcoholic hand sanitizers to some churches, mosques, schools, markets and savings groups.
Yasin said it is only when you visit an office that you can notice Covid 19 precautionary measures being followed.
Rev. Fr. Pius Yobuta, the parish priest of Christ the Church parish in Arua city, one of the recipients of the donation, commended the federation leaders for their contribution, saying it will boost their efforts to keep Coronavirus spread at bay.
“Covid 19 is real, we should not deny it. Today’s action of the slum dwellers demonstrates that we are united in finding a solution to the Covid 19 problem,” he asserted.
Christ the church parish centre is one of the few churches strictly following the implementation of the SOPs.
The church attracts an average of 500 to 600 worshippers during each of the three prayer sessions every Sunday.
But unlike in most of the catholic churches in Arua diocese, here church officials make sure every worshipper washes hands at the entrance and registers after temperature checks before accessing the church premises.
Interim Arua City Mayor Al-hajji Isa Kato reiterated that the contribution towards improving the health of the people was a way forward for development.
“When a part of the body is sick, you cannot think positive about development. This is why we appreciate the slum dwellers for being creative and proactive in matters of hygiene and public health,” he said.