Soroti Regional Referral Hospital plans to offer psychosocial
support to Covid-19 suspects.
This follows anxiety among members of the community against COVID-19 suspected
Some residents have shunned or attacked relatives who returned
from abroad or Kampala.
In the health facilities, patients presenting with cough, flu or sneezing are
reluctantly attended to by medical workers.
Emmanuel Okello, a medical worker operating a private clinic in
Pamba says many people have instead resorted to them for help.
“I had an old man here on Monday who has been battling respiratory
complications for long. He presented with cough and high fever but when I
insisted that he goes to the main hospital for the check-up, the attendants
refused and wanted to return the old man home. They claim that both the
hospital staff and patients get frantic whenever they see them with the old
man”, he said.
Simon Kisabagire, the Principal Hospital Administrator says that
they are now engaging staff to psychologically prepare and handle patients
presenting with COVID-19 signs and symptoms. He observed that the messages on
the spread of the virus have been exaggerated, leaving staff in panic.
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Daniel Eigu, the Sub County Chairperson of Kamuda in Soroti
District says two homes have been broken into by residents on suspicions that
some members of the family had returned home with the deadly virus.
According to Eigu, one of the affected homes belongs to a resident working in
Iraq and the other belongs to residents who have been working in Kenya. He
explained that although the said residents never set foot in their residences,
some members of the community were already agitated and incited others to
attack the homes.
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It took the intervention of Police in Soroti to save three women who had
returned from a business trip in Kenya but decided to stay indoors in Orwadai
village. The trio is still locked up in the isolation centre at Soroti
Comprehensive Nursing School after the locals threatened to lynch them.