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Surveillance Experts Dispatched to Kitgum after Spike in COVID-19 Infections

This comes just a few days after the district registered a total of 17 positive COVID-19 cases. Eight of the cases were registered from Apollo grounds in the Central Division, eight from Kitgum maternity home, a private health facility and one from Kitgum general hospital.
An abandoned street in Apollo grounds in Kitgum Municpality following a partial lockdown imposed by the District Taskforce.

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The Health Ministry has dispatched a team of surveillance experts to Kitgum district following a spike in COVID-19 community infections.

This comes just a few days after the district registered a total of 17 positive COVID-19 cases. Eight of the cases were registered from Apollo grounds in the Central Division, eight from Kitgum maternity home, a private health facility and one from Kitgum general hospital.

Simon Knox Okongo, the Kitgum District Surveillance Focal Person says that they have received communication from the Ministry informing them about the arrival of the surveillance teams. He says that the team will be accompanied by regional experts from the World Health Organization [WHO] to conduct assessment and line listing of contacts.

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Okongo notes that the high community transmission has posed a challenge for contact tracing citing that their fears are for some unknown patients who sought treatment where health workers tested positive. He adds that they estimate there could be over 170 contacts to the positive cases, a number he says is now beyond the taskforce's capacity to trace and bring them into quarantine.

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The district task force has since called on all those who came into contact with patients who tested positive for COVID-19 in the municipality to voluntarily come out and seek testing to prevent the spread of the virus.

Dr Allan Muruta Nyiyonzima, the commissioner for integrated epidemiology, surveillance and public health emergencies confirmed to URN that a team of health experts has been dispatched to the district. He notes that the same team has previously worked in other hotspot districts that reported high community infections in the last one week.

Over the weekend Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech imposed a partial lockdown on Apollo grounds, after the confirmation of the eight cases. Kitgum Maternity Home and Kitgum General Hospital Laboratory unit where nine health workers tested positive equally remain closed.

Kitgum district has so far registered 19 cases of COVID-19 out of 254 samples tested since March this year.