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COVID-19: Lira Medical Worker Infected, Admitted in Entebbe

The first health worker to be infected in the whole Country got exposed early this week and has been taken to Entebbe General Hospital for proper management.

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A medical worker attached to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) treatment center in Lira has been isolated for treatment after he got exposed to the virus.

The first health worker to be infected in the country got exposed early this week and has reportedly been taken to Entebbe General Hospital for proper management.

Dr. Jane Ruth Acheng, the Ugandan Health Minister says the ministry is concerned that the first medical Worker to get infected is coming from Lira.

She says this is just the beginning and medical staff should not lose moral because every life matters and needs to be protected.

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She further warned the medical workers not to mix and mingle with their patients. "The digits say many of these patients are asymptomatic, they are walking around, they are enjoying themselves but don’t forget they are infectious. Don’t even for one minute convince yourself that because they look so okay then you can go without your mask or make some mistakes here and there," warned Dr. Acheng.

However, Dr. Stephen Obbo, the Lira Regional Referral Hospital Director explained that although the remaining staff are scared, the one who got exposed is okay and has not shown any symptom as yet.

Dr. Obbo who said the hospital is already dealing with a challenge of few staffing especially doctors called on the staff to be extra careful while dealing with Coronavirus patients

“We are in a very difficult position and I’m sure in the other departments in terms of medical officers and nursing staff we are shorthanded yet we are expected to play many roles. We actually have very many interns in this hospital and you can imagine how supervising internship in a center like this with hardly any specialist is a big challenge and it gives me sleepless nights,” added Dr. Obbo.

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He said the hospital is doing more training of health workers to build their capacity and ensure that the messages about the Coronavirus reaches out to the general population.

Meanwhile, Dr. Henry Kajumbula, the Chair Department of Medical Microbiology at Makerere University College of Health Science warned that medical workers should not relax thinking Uganda is not at risk.

He explained that this is the time when health workers should be extremely careful and practice standard care precaution.

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Currently, Lira Isolation center has a total of 21 confirmed COVID-19 cases. 

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