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Lacor Hospital Attending to Patients Under Tents

Josephine Anying the hospital information officer told URN on Thursday that the initiative started last week to allow adequate spacing among visiting people seeking health care and reduces the risks of infections due to fresh air.

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Health Workers at St Mary`s Hospital Lacor in Gulu have abandoned their offices to attend to patients at the Out Patient Department (OPD) from open space under tents.

The hospital management erected tents with over 200 sits for shades at the hospital main entrance adjacent to Gulu-Nimule highway. Other provisions include hand sanitizers and hand washing equipment.

Initially patients were received at the hospital OPD room with a capacity of accommodating at least 200 or 300 upon congestion.

Josephine Anying, the hospital information officer told URN on Thursday that the initiative started last week to allow adequate spacing among visiting people seeking health care and reduces the risks of infections including the Coronavirus (COVID -19).

Anying disclosed that the hospital averagely receives more than 500 people from the eight districts of Acholi Sub Region, West Nile, Lango Sub Region and parts of South Sudan seeking medical attention.

She explains that many visiting persons present with flu, cough and sneezing which is dangerous as the world including Uganda battles the COVID -19 pandemic.

In Uganda 14 people have already been confirmed infected with 1,300 across Sub-Saharan Africa and 470,000 worldwide.

Paska Anyoda, a patient at the hospital told URN that she was happy the hospital is also providing hand washing equipment and sensitization on COVID -19. To her the move will help in trying to prevent the spread of not only COVID -19 but also other infections.

At the hospital`s private wing, a tent has also been put up with the same equipment  and health workers attending to visiting persons from outside before referring them  to see a doctor`s rooms.

St Mary`s Hospital Lacor is one of Uganda`s health facility with high numbers of patients. It receives patients referred from Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, Attiak Health Centre IV in Amuru, Kitgum General Hospital among others. It was established by the the Roman Catholic Church in 1959.

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