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Quarantined Covid-19 Suspects in Kitgum Separated Over Dating

David Aisu, the Kitgum District Internal Security Officer-DISO, says that they received credible reports indicating that some of the suspects had begun pairing up in quarantine. He notes that the suspects were living freely at the facility and making contacts with each other.

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Kitgum District Covid-19 Taskforce has resolved to separate female Covid19 suspects from their male counterparts. This followed reports indicating that some of the suspects quarantined at Pandwong Health Center III in Kitgum Municipality have begun dating.

 

During the weekly Covid-19 Task force meeting held on Wednesday, members raised concern of mixing suspects of different sex in the same quarantine center, saying it will increase their risks of making contact. Pandwong Health Center III, which is designated as the district quarantine center, is currently home to 13 suspects comprising seven females.  

David Aisu, the Kitgum District Internal Security Officer-DISO, says that they received credible reports indicating that some of the suspects had begun pairing up in quarantine. He notes that the suspects were living freely at the facility and making contacts with each other.

Aisu says such conduct is likely to compromise the purpose for the quarantine and called on the district taskforce to ensure that the wards are properly partitioned if they insist on keeping both sex under the same roof. 

Dr. Geoffrey Okello, the Acting Medical Superintendent Kitgum General Hospital could neither deny nor confirm the reports when contacted by our reporter. He instead said dealing with adults enclosed in one environment is a challenge.

He however suggested that the district should separate the suspects to avoid the possibility of sexual relationships at the center. Dr. Okello acknowledges that the facility is currently short of beds, adding that there are only ten beds at the facility prompting the Covid19 suspects to share.

Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, William Komakech who also doubles as the District Covid19 Task force Chairperson, confirmed receiving the reports.

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He say they have now agreed to transfer all female suspects to St Joseph’s Hospital Kitgum while the men will remain at Pandwong Health Center III.  

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The Committee has also resolved to buy solar panels worth Shillings 600,000 to be installed at Pandwong Health Center III to provide light at the quarantine center.   

  The Kitgum District Health Officer, Dr. Alex Olwedo had also disclosed that 24 out of the 38 samples extracted from covid-19 suspects have so far returned negative from Uganda Research Institute Entebbe.