In Gulu, Uganda, corona virus is spreading fast within the city and in the surrounding communities. The district has no ventilator which means patients in need of intensive care cannot be saved. The long-lasting lockdown measures made a big dent in the livelihoods of people, leading to poverty and hopelessness. CEOU is installing hand wash equipment in public places and translating government approved information into local languages to help people understand and implement prevention measures.
In Gulu, corona virus is spreading fast rising case numbers are being reported daily. Gulu district has no ventilator which mean patients who need intensive care can not be saved. The long-lasting lockdown measures by the government severly impacted the livelihoods of many households. According to a police report, 247 people in Uganda and 6 in Gulu have committed suicide due to the economic hardship created by corona virus. This number is higher than number of death by corona virus.
This project will continue to install handwash facilities in public places within the communities, for example in markets and at water collection points and provide non-contact thermometers to health centers. The project will further reproduce and translate into local languages illustrative messages reminding people to wash hands, wear face masks and adopt social distancing. Lastly the project will provide reusable face masks to individuals in need to help prevent the spread of the virus.
It is expected that the number of new infections will drop hence reducing the spread of the virus and resulting casualties. With reduced infection cases, the government is expected to lift the lockdown measure and the majority of the self-employed population will be able to return to their work and afford basic necessities again.