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Arua District Gazettes Three Health Facilities to Manage COVID-19 Cases

Under the preparedness arrangement, the former Ebola Isolation unit at Oli Health Centre IV has been set aside to receive and quarantine suspected cases, while the Mental Unit of Arua Regional Referral Hospital and part of Kuluva Hospital have been set aside for management and treatment of confirmed cases.
A medical Personnel Taking the Temperature of a lady at the entrance to Arua regional referral hospital.

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Arua district health department has gazzetted three health facilities to manage cases of COVID-19 in the district.   

Although there is no case of COVID-19 reported in Arua and the neighbouring districts of Maracha, Koboko, Yumbe, Moyo, Obongi, Madi Okollo, Pakwach, Nebbi and Zombo, the health the department says that it needs to be prepared for any eventualities, as the number of infections goes up on a daily basis.  

Under the preparedness arrangement, the former Ebola Isolation unit at Oli Health Centre IV has been set aside to receive and quarantine suspected cases, while the Mental Unit of Arua Regional Referral Hospital and part of Kuluva Hospital have been set aside for management and treatment of confirmed cases.  

Arua District Health Officer Paul Bishop Drileba says the three facilities are ready waiting for other equipment and facilities for COVID-19 management.  He adds that more than 20 patients with Mental illnesses have since been transferred to the ENT department of Arua Hospital. 

//Cue in; Isolation based on…

Cue out; done in oli.”// 

Meanwhile, Dr Philbert Nyeko, the director of Arua Regional Referral Hospital says that although the centres are being gazzetted, every person in the country should take it up to ensure they prevent the spread of the pandemic. 

According to him, should the situation get worse, the whole referral hospital will be declared an isolation centre and all other patients will be required to leave.   

//Cue in; We are trying… 

Cue out… the level we want.”// 

According to the latest statistics from the Ministry of health, 48 cases have been confirmed positive. 13 of these, have had an estimated contact of 660 persons, while over 2,000 contacts of Ugandans who returned to the Country aboard Ethiopian, Emirates, and Turkish Airlines before the ban on public transport are still being traced for testing.