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NIRA Closes Gulu City Office After Staff Tests Positive for COVID-19

On Thursday, the authority issued a notice to the public indicating that following the screening tests that were conducted early this week, one of the staff members was found positive and is currently undergoing case management.
28 May 2021 07:48
NIRA's letter of notice to the public as COVID-19 cases surge in Gulu
The National Identification and Registration Authority – NIRA has temporarily closed its office in Gulu City after one of the staff tested positive for Coronavirus Disease.

On Thursday, the authority issued a notice to the public indicating that following the screening tests that were conducted early this week, one of the staff members was found positive and is currently undergoing case management.

“As we manage the situation, the NIRA Gulu office will be temporarily closed effective Thursday 27th May 2021 to avoid further spread of the infection until Monday 31st May 2021 once the premises have been disinfected in line with Ministry of Health guidelines.” The notice from management read in part.

NIRA management advised clients to access services from any of their offices nearest to them except National ID card issuance for those registered at the Gulu office. Currently, there is a surge in fresh community infections following public laxity in observing Standard Operating Procedures – SOPs.

Dr Paska Apiyo, in charge of the COVID-19 treatment centre at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, observed that the public in Gulu have relaxed the fight against the virus as SOPs are no longer observed like wearing face masks, use of sanitisers and social distancing rules among others.

Dr Apiyo asserts that the centre has been receiving severe patients who mostly end in the intensive care unit – ICU wards. She urged the public to embrace the ongoing vaccination exercise against the deadly virus rolled out by the Ministry of Health.

On Wednesday, the acting District Health Officer, Yoweri Idibia, also the Secretary of the COVID-19 Task Force disclosed that one patient died of the disease, bringing to 34, the cumulative death toll and over 1, 850 cases that have been treated since April 2020.

Idibia explained that with the surge in cases, Gulu Regional Referral Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor, the designated treatment centres are now overwhelmed and dozens of other patients are being treated under the home-based care system.

According to Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director-General Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Uganda has cumulatively recorded 4, 4594 infections of which 361 have died.