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Gulu Task Force Resorts to Home Quarantine for Covid-19 Suspected Cases

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.
01 Aug 2020 13:36
Some COVID-19 patients who recovered from the global contagion being discharged recently at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital

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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 cases.

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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.