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Pabbo S.S. Amuru Designated as COVID-19 Quarantine Centre

Pabbo S.S becomes second and prime isolation facility after the first emergency quarantine center was of four beds established at Elegu cross boarder by World Health Organization – WHO and International Organization for Migration (IOM).
A team of health workers from Amuru evacuating suspected patient of Coronvirus using an ambulance borrowed from an NGO in Adjmuani District
Amuru District leaders have designated Pabbo Secondary School as a quarantine centre to host suspected patients of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The Secondary School becomes the second and prime isolation facility after the first emergency quarantine centre was established at Elegu cross border by the World Health Organization – WHO and International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Creation of the isolation centres conforms to the government directive requiring each of the districts in the country to establish quarantine centres where suspected COVID -19 patients would undergo 14 days’ mandatory quarantine. 

Dr Patrick Odong Olwedo, the District Health Officer revealed that the COVID-19 Task Force committee unanimously settled for the designation of the school given its central location along Gulu - South Sudan highway.

According to Dr Olwedo, who is also the Secretary to the Task Force, the designated centre requires more refurbishment and fencing in order to operate with minimal interference from the surrounding communities.

Amuru District Chairperson Michael Lakony told URN that they have deducted 500,000 Shillings from each of the 11 different departments summing to a total of 5.5 million Shillings to cater for emergency response against the virus.

However, the district has so far responded to seven suspected cases of COVID -19  that involved individuals from outside the district. The district health authorities revealed that all the cases were of low risk.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Health, Uganda has so far confirmed 44 cases of the COVID -19 pandemic and responded to over 2,500 cases.