Dr. Mark Boney Bralima, the Zombo District Health Officer (DHO) says they are stuck with 16 people who tested positive for the virus disease three days ago.
Arua Regional Referral Hospital has refused to admit 16 COVID-19
positive patients from Zombo District.
Dr Mark Boney Bralima, the Zombo District Health Officer, says
they are stuck with 16 people in the community who tested positive for the virus disease three
According to Dr Bralima, the Task Force approached their
counterparts in Arua but they declined to allow the evacuation of the patients
to their facility because the treatment unit is filled up.
Bralima explains that the majority of the patients who tested positive
are from the Dot Constructions Company Services working at Nyagak
Hydroelectricity Power Plant in West Nile sub-region.
Dr Filbert Nyeko, the Director of Arua Regional Referral Hospital
confirmed the development, adding that the treatment unit that is meant to
accommodate 34 patients is currently treating an excess of 41 COVID-19
Bralima says that the 210 people who were in contact with the 16 patients have
been placed under 14 days’ mandatory institutional quarantine and 40 under
self-quarantine at home.
It is the first time Zombo has registered such a large number of
COVID-19 cases in a single day.
According to the authorities, they have approached the Ministry of Health to
intervene and evacuate the patients to the newly commissioned national
treatment centre at Namboole Stadium in Kampala.
With the increase in the number of community cases, some treatment
centres in different parts of the country have filled up.
In Lira, the treatment centre has 32 patients admitted instead of
the recommended 20 patients.
The District task force says that they have identified three
treatment centres to decongest the centre at Lira Regional Referral Hospital.
They include Lira University teaching Hospital, PAG HCIII and Amach Health
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.