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Residents Shun Health Center After Staff Tests Positive for COVID-19

Collin Atim, a resident of Ogwete Sub County is worried that she may contract the virus if she takes her eight-month-old child to the facility for immunization.
30 Jun 2021 11:01

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Residents are shunning Ogwete Health Center III in Ogwete Sub-county in Otuke District after one of the staff tested positive for COVID-19. Four other staff at the same facility are in isolation awaiting confirmatory tests.  

This has triggered panic among residents especially mothers prompting them to shun the health center for fear of contracting the pandemic. Collin Atim, a resident of Ogwete Sub County is worried that she may contract the virus if she takes her eight-month-old child to the facility for immunization.  

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//cue in: “Wan mege otino…  

Cue out: …kede oko pacu.”//

Gloria Akao, another resident says that they cannot access the health facility for any assistance for fear of contracting coronavirus.

Luo byte:

//Cue in: “Lworo wa tye…  

Cue out: … kede corona okene.”//



Peter Acwic, a Senior Clinical Officer in charge of the facility, says that they are operating because the rest of the staff don’t have the virus. He, however, says that the number of clients seeking services at the facility has generally reduced due to the fear.

He explained that some mothers have opted to access the same service at health center II nearer to them. As a mitigation measure, the facility is now conducting immunization outreaches in nearby villages to control crowds at the health center. 

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//Cue in: “We have organized…

Cue out: …through outreaches.”//

He advised the mothers to seek medical help especially immunization for their children because it is for their own benefit. With a population of 19,593 people in the entire sub-county, Ogwete HC III has a quarterly target of 202 children for immunisation.

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