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Local Governments Response in the fight against COVID-19 in Uganda
AFIC in partnership with Uganda Contracts Monitoring Coalition (UCMC) undertook the monitoring process in 21 District Local Governments; Karamoja (Kotido and Kaabong), West Nile (Adjumani, Yumbe, Nebbi, Packwach, Arua and Koboko), Acholi (Gulu, Pader, Agago, Nwoya and Lamwo), Teso (Soroti, Serere, Kumi) and Kigezi- Ankole (Mbarara, Kanungu, Kabale, Ntungamo).
Findings from the monitoring reveal an increased Government action to enhance transparency, accountability and access to information on COVID19 related contracts and service delivery. In the quest to curb down the spread of COVID-19, the government established mechanisms to access citizens with timely and accurate information on prevention, management and mitigation of the disease. However, some information and response availed to the citizens was not easily comprehended by ordinary citizens and did not bring out several critical information on preventive measures.