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Kitgum Medic Isolated After Developing Covid-19 Symptoms

Dr Pamela Akot, the Medical Director St Joseph's Hospital Kitgum says the health worker went to the health facility on Tuesday and disclosed to her colleagues she had fever adding that tests for malaria and other ailment conducted on her all came out negative.

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A female health worker at St Joseph's hospital Kitgum in Kitgum municipality has been isolated and under close monitoring after presenting symptoms similar to the deadly coronavirus disease [covid-19].

Reports obtained by Uganda Radio Network indicate that the medic developed a severe fever on Tuesday after reaching her duty station. She had reportedly just returned a day from official duty in Kampala, sources from the hospital revealed.

Dr Pamela Akot, the Medical Director St Joseph's Hospital Kitgum confirmed the development in an interview on Wednesday.

She says the health worker went to the health facility on Tuesday and disclosed to her colleagues she had fever adding that tests for malaria and other ailment conducted on her all came out negative.

Dr Akot says she has since been advised to stay at home in isolation along with three members of her family whom she came into contact with. She adds that her blood samples have already been taken for further tests at Uganda virus research institute to ascertain whether she is out of danger from covid-19.

“One of our staffs has been put in isolation together with three members of her family, this was after she tested negative for other ailments despite complaining of fever. We didn’t take any chance and we wait for her test results to rule out our fears,” Dr Akot says.

Bezy Omoya, the Kitgum general hospital senior hospital administrator who also doubles as the publicist for Kitgum coronavirus task-force committee says the medic is undergoing close monitoring.

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He notes that sample containers to aid storage of samples taken from suspected coronavirus patients and temperature guns for measuring temperatures of people are expected to arrive today from their partners.

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Omoya also reveals that an isolation unit has so far been identified at Kitgum general hospital to accommodate suspected coronavirus, disease patients.

He, however, says the unit which was being used as an art clinic for Adolescent HIV/Aids counselling is yet to be quipped and notes that they are yet expecting some beds from partners.

At least three other people are currently undergoing self-quarantine in Kitgum municipality after returning from the UK and Kenya recently.

Uganda covid-19 cases have shot up to 14 after the health ministry announced this afternoon that five people including three Ugandans and two Chinese nationals tested positive.     

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