Josephine Anying, the Communication Officer of St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor told URN in an interview that though Dr. Opira has not shown any sign of COVID -19, his isolation is a mandatory pre –cautionary measure directed by the Ministry of Health.
Dr. Cyprian Opira, The Executive
Director of St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor in Gulu, Dr. Cyprian Opira is under self quarantining after his return from Italy.
A close source revealed
that Opira who returned from Italy on March 11th traveled from
Entebbe International Airport to St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor in a special ambulance where he is
currently being isolated and monitored for signs of the Coronavirus (COVID -19).
With 24,747 cases and 1,809
deaths by Sunday, Italy’s experience has offered an alarming example for other
European countries which begun experiencing sharp rise in COVID -19 cases over recent
Josephine Anying, the
Communication Officer of St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor told URN in an interview
that though Dr. Opira has not shown any signs of COVID -19, his isolation is a mandatory
pre –cautionary measure directed by the Ministry of Health.
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She adds that Opira will be in
isolation for 14 days as recommended by health experts. The 14 days self –quarantine
provides enough time to know whether or not suspected patients will become ill
and be contagious to other people.
William Onyai, the Gulu District
Health Educator told URN in an interview that despite the pre -cautionary measures
put in place by the Ministry of Health; Gulu district still lacks disinfectants
in public places and other institutions.
He adds that they are currently carrying
out awareness on COVID - 19 in different communities. However, one of the most recent
measures that the government of Uganda is carrying out is the ban on hugs and
handshakes. The government has also set up screening point at six entry points;
Entebbe, Chanika, Elegu, Busia, Malaba and Mpondwe.