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Private Medical Center in Kitgum Closed After Covid-19 Patient Dies

The former Kitgum District Vice Chairperson Billy Graham Odongkara was admitted at the facility last Wednesday with the low blood pressure but died hours later Thursday morning from breathing complications.
Kitgum District COVID-19 task force has temporarily closed Bregma Medical Center, a private health facility after a COVID-19 patient passed on from their facility last week.

The former Kitgum District Vice Chairperson Billy Graham Odongkara was admitted at the facility located in Kitgum Municipality last Wednesday with the low blood pressure but died hours later Thursday morning from breathing complications.

Health officials who spoke to Uganda Radio Network disclosed that Odongkara succumbed to Covid-19, following test results released by the Health Ministry on Monday.

William Komakech, Kitgum Resident District Commissioner also the Covid-19 task-force Chairperson says that they have since taken bold steps to close down the health facility pending testing of all staffs.

Komakech says the facility will be fumigated, staffs placed into mandatory quarantine of 14 days while tracing of patients who came into contacts with the health officials have commenced.

Dr Vincent Oringa, the Medical Officer of Bregma Medical Center says that they have temporarily stopped admitting new patients at the facility following directives from the district task force.

Dr Oringa acknowledges that the former vice-chairperson was admitted at the facility suffering from low blood pressure but notes that they detected COVID-19 symptoms later.

He says the Odongkara's blood pressure was stabilized but his condition worsened Thursday morning after complaining of breathing complication before passing on.

Oringa adds that 22 staffs at the facility among them those who had direct contact with the deceased are undergoing self-quarantine from the facility waiting for COVID-19 testing expected to be conducted Tuesday afternoon.

This is the second time the task-force committee is closing down health facilities after patients they admitted had tested positive for COVID-19. 

Late last month, Kitgum Maternity Home, a private health facility in Central Division and Kitgum General Hospital Laboratory were briefly closed.   

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