District Covid-19 taskforce is stuck with 24 Covid-19 patients after they were
turned away by Gulu Regional Referral Hospital treatment center because of space
William Komakech, the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner who
also doubles as the Covid-19 task-Force chairperson told URN in an interview
Monday that the patients have now self-isolated in their homes.
says the patients, who are from Kitgum municipality, haven’t received any
treatment for the past four days since their results were returned by the
According to Komakech, the situation is worrying and calls urgent
intervention by the Health Ministry to contain further spread of the contagion
within the community.
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The treatment center at Kitgum General Hospital that has 20 beds was
established at the onset of the Covid-19 outbreak in April this year.
Geoffrey Okello, the Acting Medical Superintendent Kitgum General Hospital who heads
the Covid-19 case management, says that they are unable to commence treatment
as they await guidance from the Ministry of Health.
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Dr. Okello says there is need for urgent guidance by the Health Ministry on the
current situation and what ought to be done.
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Dr. James Elima, the Director Gulu Regional Referral Hospital confirmed to URN
in an interview that they are no longer admitting more patients because of lack
He says the treatment unit with a capacity for 40 patients is now
crowded with 123 Covid-19 patients from all corners of the Acholi sub-region.
“We are too
full, Kitgum district health officials should now wake up,” he said.
one person has since succumbed to the contagion in Kitgum district and 204
other tested positive for the virus since March this year.