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Soroti Hospital Moves to Decongest Wards in the Face of COVID-19

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Dr. Michael Mwanga, the Director Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, says they are now limiting every patient to one attendant. He revealed that they have already issued notices to all the wards and are awaiting action on Monday evening.
Dr. Michael Mwanga, the Hospital Director SRRH.

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Soroti Regional Referral Hospital management plans to decongest the hospital as one of the preventive measures against Corona virus. It comes following the confirmation of the first corona case in the country. 

Most of the wards in Soroti Regional Referral Hospital are crowded with patients and the attendants. In the evenings, some patients and their attendants spend nights in the corridors and verandahs due to limited space.

Dr. Michael Mwanga, the Director Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, says they are now limiting every patient to one attendant. He revealed that they have already issued notices to all the wards and are awaiting action on Monday evening.

He explains that the issue has been discussed with the security team and other stakeholders to ensure that patients and attendants don’t get infected in case of a Corona virus outbreak.  

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In 2014, Soroti Regional Referral Hospital enforced a policy on One Patient- One Attendant following congestion in the facility. 

However, the situation has since returned to its original position over the years. Neither security personnel nor the medical workers in the hospital have been concerned with the situation lately.

In a related incident, Police have rescued three women from Orwadai Village in Soroti Sub County who were found locked in their house. 

The women, according to Soroti Resident District Commissioner, William Wilberforce Tukei, returned from a business trip in Kenya over the weekend and decided to stay indoors due to fear of mixing up with the community.  

Their neighbors got concerned and threatened to break into the house, suspecting the women to have carried in the deadly Corona Virus. Police had to intervene and whisk away the women away from the angry community.

Tukei told URN that there is a lot of anxiety in the community on COVID-19, something he notes is being handled.

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In Atutur Hospital in Kumi district, patients fled on Monday morning when another businesswoman, who had just returned from a business trip to South Sudan, showed up at the facility with flu. 

It took the intervention of the security personnel to calm down the situation.