Authorities in Arua district have banned social gatherings following an increase in the number of people killed and infected with meningitis in the district. 21 people are confirmed to have been killed by meningitis while 155 others from four sub counties are undergoing treatment for the same disease.
Arua district health officer, Dr Patrick Anguzu says, the district meningitis task force has with immediate effect banned all social gatherings including discos, conferences, markets and video halls until the meningitis outbreak is contained.
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Dr Anguzu says the ministry of health has accepted to carry out mass vaccination starting next week but in the mean time residents must take care as meningitis is spreading to neighboring sub counties.
Arua district assistant chief administrative officer, Felix Andama who chairs the meningitis task force says those who will contravene the ban on social gatherings will face the law.
But Phillip Acema, the manager Hill View gardens has vowed to defy the directive and plans to bring in artists. Acema who claims he has already paid local music artist Bobi Wine to perform at his club, says they should have been consulted.
His counterparts at Annex gardens also confirmed on phone that their programs are already set and the ban should only affect people in the affected sub counties of Oluko, Dadamu, Ajia and Ogoko where the disease has been reported.