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17 People Issued COVID-19 Self-Quarantine Discharge Certificates in Gulu

Gulu District Information Officer – DIO, Gloria Aloyo told URN that the individuals whose names have been concealed for fear of stigma include government officials who willingly reported themselves to the district before undertaking self-quarantine.
29 Mar 2020 15:12
Members of the COVID-19 Gulu Task Force during a meeting on Saturday

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Seventeen people have been issued discharge certificates after completing 14-days’ mandatory self-quarantine period as a safeguard against the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.

At least 36 people have been under self and institutional quarantine at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital Lacor in Gulu for the last 14 days.

Gulu District Information Officer – DIO, Gloria Aloyo told URN that the individuals whose names have been concealed for fear of stigma include government officials who willingly reported themselves to the district before undertaking self-quarantine.

The certificates were issued by Gulu District health team as an appreciation to the individuals and a means to encourage more people who returned from abroad to embrace voluntary restraints and safety precautions.

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Cue out…community right now.”//

According to Aloyo, upon returning to the country, the 17 individuals who had been in isolation since  March 15, reported themselves to the health authorities before undergoing self-quarantine under strict surveillance.

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The Acting Gulu District Health Officer, Idibia Yoweri asserts that new samples from 17 more individuals being isolated in the District were on Saturday taken to Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) for screening. Earlier on Friday, samples of 10 individuals who included five Ugandans and five South Sudanese nationals who flouted the mandatory 14 days’ self-quarantine tested negative.

Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the Gulu District Chairperson disclosed that while the majority are taking the safety precautions serious against the killer pandemic, some individuals are illegally hiding and drinking in groups. He said security teams were tracking the groups for further action.

The latest update from the Ministry of Health indicate that up to 30 people have so far been confirmed positive in Uganda.