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Zombo Task Force Stuck with 16 COVID-19 Patients

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.
11 Sep 2020 08:17
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 days ago.

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 patients.

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 Centre IV.