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Arua City to Turn Former Sub County HQRs, HC 3s into COVID-19 Isolation Centers

Dr. Godfrey Apangu, the Principal Health Officer Arua City, says that they have realized that most people placed under home-based care do not follow the Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs, which is spreading the pandemic.
Members of Arua City Taskforce during a meeting.

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Arua City COVID-19 Taskforce has resolved to convert all former Sub-county headquarters and Health center III’s into isolation centers.

Dr. Godfrey Apangu, the Principal Health Officer Arua City, says that they have realized that most people placed under home-based care do not follow the Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs, which is spreading the pandemic.

He also says that in the event that the only referral hospital is overwhelmed by the high number of cases, Health center threes will be of great help.

 

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Martin Oroch, the Arua Resident City Commissioner, who also doubles as the COVID-19 Taskforce Chairperson, says that if the health centers and former Sub County headquarters are inadequate to accommodate the cases, they will be forced to ask educational Institutions to provide space for isolate COVID-19 cases.

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Gordon Acidri, the Arua City COVID-19 Laboratory Focal Person explains that the current situation could worsen because of the shortage of testing kits and Personal Protective Equipments-PPEs and the fact more people from the neighbouring DR Congo and South Sudan continue crossing to Uganda illegally.     

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Geoffrey Adiga, the Arua City COVID-19 Surveillance Focal Person, says that lack of swabs for conducting PCR tests, has affected the management of COVID-19 cases in the community.

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Last week, Arua COVID-19 Surveillance Team received 221 Community Alerts. 36 of these turned out to be positive and were placed under home-based care. 

This is in addition to 182 cases that were already under home-based care.

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