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Soroti Holds Prayers For Victims Of The Covid-19 Pandemic

Soroti Holds Prayers For Victims Of The Covid-19 Pandemic

On Saturday, 18 November 2023, Soroti Catholic Diocese commemorated the Covid-19 victims through a mass. They held the mass at Fr Hilders Primary School playground.

Among the invited attendees was Dr Wilson Etolu who played a vital role at Soroti Regional Hospital. They prayed for him and commended his tireless efforts in tending to the sick during the pandemic.

“The diocese appreciates the role you and your team played as diligent handmaids of God in fighting for the lives of our people,” the church said.

“Given the prevalent situation then, most of them (COVID-19 victims) were not accorded a befitting send-off. There is a need to hold a commemoration mass for them all,” the church said in a statement.

Teso Coach buses proprietor Fasutine Etilu, is among the victims remembered during Saturday’s mass.

The State Minister for Fisheries, Hellen Adoa and Forum for Democratic Change president, Eng. Patrick Amuriat attended the mass. Also, the Soroti City Woman MP, Joan Alobo graced the day with her presence. People from Teso, Lango, Karamoja and Bugisu attended the prayers led by Bishop Joseph Eciru Oliach.

As it is known, Covid-19 emerged from Wuhan China after people started getting sick with an unknown pneumonia. This marked the start of a new infectious disease, later identified as a new type of coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2.

Scientists at the World Health Organization (WHO) then named the disease caused by the virus ‘coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency that caused international concern. The whole world consequently went into lockdown aiming to end the spread of a virus that later killed 6,978,175 people. The death toll is according to WHO data as of November 19th, 2023.

In Uganda, the virus claimed a total of 3,632 lives out of the 171,983 people who contracted the virus. Three years after the outbreak, the world is still feeling the pain, loneliness and trauma.

These are still fresh in the minds of the families whose relatives succumbed to COVID-19.

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