The nursing assistant who has now been evacuated to Gulu Regional Referral Hospital COVID-19 Treatment Unit tested positive for the disease on Thursday last week. However before she was tested, she had earlier been mixing with patients and people in the neighbourhood.
is panic among residents of Paibona Sub County in Gulu district after a nursing
assistant at Paibona Health Centre III tested positive for COVID-19.
The nursing assistant who has now been evacuated to Gulu Regional Referral
Hospital COVID-19 Treatment Unit tested positive for the disease on Thursday
last week. However before she was tested, she had earlier been mixing and interacting with
patients and people in the community. .
This however raised concerns and fear among the people when they realized that the
health worker could have possibly unknowingly been battling the disease while
still on duty and interacted with several people.
Similarly, a COVID-19 test conducted on Monday this week from one person who
had sought antenatal care with his wife at Paibona Health Centre III had been treated by the nursing assistant. He is currently undergoing home-based treatment care at his home in Bombayo
Village in Boli Pii Parish alongside his 15 family members who are his primary
Both persons whose results turned out positive for the COVID-19 had freely
mixed with people in the area a day before their respective tests were
Richard Watmon, the former Paibona Sub County chairperson, says that people in
the area are living in fear and most of them have shunned visiting the health
centre for fear of contracting the disease.
Watmon added that the situation is worse since the Sub County has no
functioning COVID-19 Taskforce that would help sensitize the people on the standard operating procedures- SOPs.
Milly Apiyo, a resident of Bombayo says that it is risky for her to seek
services at Paibona Health Centre II because she is unaware if it is free of
The health centre which was temporarily closed due to the positive case was
reopened on Monday afternoon.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc