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