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According to Ocan, his family decided to confine the suspect in a bush for fear of contracting the virus. “When the family discovered that he had signs of the virus, they agreed to isolate him in the bush. He also accepted since his body was not normal”, said Ocan.
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A family in Kangole Sub County in Bukedea district has decided to confine one of their own in a bush on suspicion that he could have contracted COVID-19.

Michael Moses Ocan, the Kangole sub-county, says that the COVID-19 suspect who travelled from Kampala presented with COVID-19 like symptoms such as cough and high temperature. 

According to Ocan, his family decided to confine him in a bush for fear of contracting the virus. “When the family discovered that he had signs of the virus, they agreed to isolate him in the bush. He also accepted since his body was not normal”, said Ocan.  

Adding that “He is now being treated in the bush where he is provided with everything including food. His samples were picked by the district task force to confirm whether he is negative or positive.”

Geoffrey Okiswa, the Bukedea Resident District Commissioner who also doubles as head of COVID-19 task force, says they lack an isolation center for suspected cases.

“As a district, we do not have an isolation center and funds but we are working hard to reach people in the community to educate them on the dangers of the virus”, said Okiswa.

Stephen Ikodet, the Bukedea District Health Officer, says despite receiving reports from the community on suspected COVID-19 cases, they don’t have testing kits.

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