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Masindi Hospital Female Ward Turned into COVID-19 Isolation Center

The decision to turn the Female ward into the COVID-19 Isolation Center comes at a time when the Minsitry of health plans to have more COVID-19 Isolation centers across the country in anticipation of more COVID-19 cases around the country.
Nurses and other health officials at Masindi General Hospital in Masindi.Photo by Emmanuel Okello.


Masindi District COVID-19 Taskforce has embarked on a process to turn Masindi Hospital female ward into an Isolation center for the confirmed COVID-19 cases for the district.

The ward is currently shared by both male and female patients after the male ward was also turned into COVID-19 quarantine Center.

The decision to turn the Female ward into the COVID-19 Isolation Center comes at a time when the Ministry of health plans to have more COVID-19 Isolation centers across the country in anticipation of more COVID-19 cases around the country.

The current development being under taken by Masindi district COVID-19 Taskforce means that in future COVID-19 cases in Masindi will be taken to Hoima Regional referral hospital for further management when the female ward is also turned into an isolation center.

Patrick Baguma, the Acting District Health Officer - DHO for Masindi district says they are in a process of creating another access road to the Masindi female ward since the ward will not be accessed using the main hospital gate of the Masindi Hospital due to the need to isolate it from the main Hospital.

Baguma says they are speeding up the process to avoid catching the Taskforce unprepared in case of confirmed cases in the near future.

On May 1,2020 a Police detective attached to Masindi Central police station tested positive for COVID-19 during the ongoing Community Rapid Assessment survey being conducted by the health ministry.

He was immediately transferred to Hoima regional referral hospital on May 2,2020 for proper COVID-19 Treatment. 

In the aftermath, all the 104 police officers who were manning Masindi Central Police Station were replaced and quarantined at Masindi police barracks together with their family members.    

The patient was discharged from Hoima Regional referral hospital COVID-19 Treatment Unit on June 1,2020.  

The situation compelled the Masindi District COVID-19 Taskforce to establish five quarantine centers in the district including Masindi Public Primary school, Kabalega secondary school, Masindi Hospital, Masindi Police Barracks and Masindi Army Barracks with a total of 456 suspects quarantined in the five centers.

The suspects were altogether discharged on May 18,2020 after undergoing the 14 days of mandatory period for Coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19.   

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