Pioneer Hospital and its Annex at Ediofe in Arua district
have reopened to the public 17 days after they were closed after one of their
patients tested positive for Covid19.
The private health facilities were closed
on July 26th, 2020 and all health workers, patients and their
attendants quarantined as contacts of the Covid19 patients.
On Wednesday, Arua District Covid19 Taskforce cleared the
facilities to resume operations after all the 31 people in the quarantine
Dr. Aldo Pariyo, the Proprietor
Pioneer Hospital, who was also quarantined, says they have learnt a lot from
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Nahori Oya, the Chairperson Arua District Covid19 Taskforce
has warned private health practitioners against flouting the Standard
Operating Procedures-SOPs as they handle patients to avoid the re-occurrence of
such a disastrous scenario.
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Paul Drileba, the Arua District Health Officer
and Covid19 Focal Point Person, says the experience of Pioneer hospital
should serve as a lesson to other private health practitioners.
“We still encourage the private health
practitioners to build capacity of their workers on management of Covid19
and other pandemics so that such occurrences are avoided,” said Drileba.
Kennedy Alebati, a Clinical Officer at Pioneer hospital,
says the quarantine has made them emerge stronger and determined to handle any
other pandemic that may arise.
The premises of Pioneer Main and its Annex
were fully sanitized and disinfected before the gates were reopened to
the public and UPDF soldiers withdrawn.