William Komakech, Kitgum District Resident District Commissioner told members of the district task force committee at a meeting on Thursday that students who returned home are now a high risk to the parents and community.
Parents in Kitgum District have been asked to isolate their children
who returned from school pending a mass covid-19 testing exercise.
The caution from medical workers and leaders comes just a day after 47 students
out of 280 who were subjected to the RDT covid-19 test conducted from Gulu
University Laboratory tested positive for the virus. The students had returned
to Gulu from various learning institutions in Kampala following the closure of
schools amidst an upsurge of the contagion.
William Komakech, Kitgum District Resident District Commissioner told members
of the district task force committee at a meeting on Thursday that students who
returned home are now a high risk to the parents and community.
He says there is a need for parents and guardians of the students to ensure
they are kept in isolation citing possibilities of exposure to the virus from
school or bus terminals while waiting for transport means.
Komakech says the district is now preparing to conduct a mass covid-19 test for
the students but called on their parents to voluntarily send them since the
district task force only has details of 27 students who returned on Wednesday.
The emergency testing will be conducted from Kitgum General
Hospital and later extended to lower health centres in sub-counties.
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Dr Geoffrey Okello, Acting Medical Superintendent of Kitgum General Hospital says
caution has to be undertaken to isolate the students since there have been
reports that some school authorities deliberately concealed the outbreak of the
virus. Dr Okello says the students are a risk factor and history of contacts that
need to be undertaken through emergency covid-19 testing.
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Dr Okello says the hospital treatment unit has been revamped to
handle emergency cases of covid-19 several months after it had been closed
Ventorino Otto, a parent of a student who returned from Kampala
Wednesday says the district task force has to subject students to tests
following their exposure to bus terminals and schools.
Otto says his son is now in isolation at home but expressed concerns that he is
He notes that the same situation could be affecting other students who returned
home in the past two days after facing hurdles in getting transport means and
further getting subjected to self-isolation.
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At least four people have tested positive for covid-19 in the last
two days out of 10 swab samples taken for testing according to reports from
surveillance officials in the district.