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