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It has been confirmed that two of the seven workers are from Lira Regional Referral Hospital. The duo, a lead nurse and medical officer have been admitted at Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital while the rest are at Mulago Specialised Hospital.
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Seven frontline health workers have tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The infected workers include three nurses, two doctors and two senior-level staff, according to the Ministry of Health.

Details of where the health workers tested from were still scanty by this evening. However, it has been confirmed that two of the seven workers are from Lira Regional Referral Hospital. The duo, a lead nurse and medical officer have been admitted at Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital while the rest are at Mulago Specialised Hospital.      

Entebbe Hospital Director Dr Moses Muwanga says that the Lira Hospital staff are stable and under close monitoring. The Hospital currently has 45 patients, most of whom are long-distance truck drivers. 

The ministry said that experts in infection, prevention and control, case management and psycho social management are investigating what could have happened. However, Dr Stephen Ayella, the Deputy President of Uganda Medical Association hinted on inexperience and staffing shortfalls as possible leads at Lira Hospital.    

“The team of 14 health workers has never handled an infectious disease like Ebola or COVID-19 and they were also overwhelmed after receiving 21 patients in five days” says Ayella.

Globally, over 22, 000 health workers have been infected with COVID-19 in 52 countries by the end of last month.    

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