Jackline Atim, a resident of Lorikor West in Elegu town council says the drivers and residents were freely mixing and interacting without observing the standard operating procedures aimed at fighting the spread of COVID-19 which includes face mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing among others.
Report from Lira Psychiatric Department at the Regional Referral Hospital indicates that about 1,950 cases of mental illness of young people ages 19 to 36, have been reported to the facility within a period of six months.
Findings show that no health workers or other hospitals staff carry out exclusive breastfeeding. For NGOs, only 9.1 percent of the mothers employed there are able to breastfeed exclusively followed by those employed in the private sector at 22.2 percent. Only women employed in United Nations agencies were found to be able to breastfeed exclusively for six months
Eight people who have recently tested positive for the virus are now being treated from their homes. The eight include of two staff of Centenary Bank in Lira, two from Mt. Meru Millers, three from Lira District Local Government and one staff of Lira University.
Although Lira is already overwhelmed with patients just like the other Referral hospitals in the region, the officials says more patients will have to be brought in since sporadic cases are still being confirmed.
The man who is a resident of Opam B’ village, Ogwang apur parish, Acaba Sub county was resting at the trading center while waiting for a bicycle which was supposedly to be sent by his family members to pick him up and take him home upon arrival.
Public health experts across the world have long warned that opening up shops and releasing citizens from their homes could be more difficult and dangerous than shutting them in. In what seems to be a position in agreement, Dr Aceng warns that opening up will instead allow the virus to stealthily surge, and possibly set off another wave of infections.
A set of ten guidelines including screening a COVID-19 suspected, quarantined and confirmed persons for hypertension and diabetes, and screening all NCDs patients for actual and potential contact with corona virus in addition to ensuring that mobile personnel have a kit with the basic NCDs patient monitoring kits are set for health workers treating people living with conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, asthma and Cancer and other six to be considered by patients themselves.
Dr. Michael Mwanga, the Director Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, says they are now limiting every patient to one attendant. He revealed that they have already issued notices to all the wards and are awaiting action on Monday evening.
She said cleaning will be done under the supervision of local authorities who will also decide on how to punish those that will not comply. She noted that even with awareness and sensitization on what just hand washing can prevent, statistics show that only 36% of Ugandans wash their hands at critical times such as after using the latrine, after cleaning babies poo and before or after eating.
At Nakawa Market, every after two hours, a message is relayed on the market community radio reminding vendors about the virus and why it’s important to maintain proper hand hygiene to avoid infection. William Mpoza, the General Secretary Nakawa Market, says they are constrained to do more than what they are already doing.
According to Immaculate Owomugisha, a human rights lawyer, the number of people being accused of spreading the virus started increasing as soon as the debate on the controversial law started in Parliament.
The cases, all from the same family, were immunized at a community vaccination post located in Kalagi. But one of them passed away yesterday at the pediatric unit in Mulago National Referral Hospital after being diagnosed with Stevenson Johnson syndrome, a severe skin and mucus membrane disorder that normally occurs as a reaction to medication or an infection.
Margaret Odokonyero Okot, the Assistant District Health Officer says the high prevalence is attributed to influx of traders and long distance truck drivers who engage in promiscuous acts along the great north road to South Sudan.