Already 828 suspected contacts have been placed under home quarantine as opposed to being in the designated institutional isolation centre at Gulu School of Health Sciences located in East Division of Gulu City.
Gulu Task Force has resorted to quarantine COVID-19 suspected
cases in their homes amid resource constraints.
Already 828 suspected contacts have been placed under home quarantine as
opposed to being in the designated institutional isolation centre at Gulu School of
Health Sciences located in East Division of Gulu City.
This follows three new patients who tested positive this week for
the virus from the community. They include an inmate who was transferred from
Elegu Town Council to Pece Prison; a widow and a resident of West Division of
Gulu who sneaked to South Sudan to bury her husband and a Physiotherapist
attached to St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor.
The task force generated the contacts that had direct links with
the three patients.
Yoweri Idiba, the District Health Officer, disclosed that the
designated institutional quarantine facility at Gulu College School of Health
Sciences is overwhelmed. Idiba explained that the 165 million shillings COVID-19
funding sent by the government in April to aid fight against the virus disease
was just a drop in the ocean. He said more funding is needed to aid response
activities of the task force.
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Bishop Loum Janani, the in-charge of surveillance, laboratory and integrated
case management at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital says that the trend of transmission
of COVID-19 is worrying and urged the community to be vigilant.
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Dr Jackson Amone, Commissioner Clinical Services in the Ministry of Health
revealed that the Ministry is developing a home quarantine to lessen resource
burdens on government that might arise from the surge in the number of COVID-19
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Gulu has already recorded five community infections, two of whom
emerged from institutional quarantine.
Since March, the district has cumulatively admitted and treated up to 179
patients with 157 cumulative recoveries. However, currently, there are 20
active patients still under treatment at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital.