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COVID -19 Patients in Gulu Violating Home Based Care Treatment Guidelines

William Onyai, the Gulu District Health Educator says that they have received information that the patients are mixing with other members of the public.
Health Workers carying out rapid COVID -19 tests on students who returned from Kampala -Photo by Jesse Johnson James

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More than 300 COVID -19 patients in Gulu District are violating home-based care guidelines.

The Ministry of Health introduced the home-based care treatment last year after the health facilities became overwhelmed with COVID -19 patients. This type of treatment targets asymptomatic patients and those with mild cases.

William Onyai, the Gulu District Health Educator says the patients undergoing home-based care treatment were supposed to be in isolation in their respective homes for 10 days as they take their prescribed medications. He however says that they are flouting the guidelines hence, exposing a lot of people to the risk of infection.

Onyai says that they have received information that the patients are mixing with other members of the public.

He says in their COVID -19 Taskforce meeting held on Wednesday evening, they agreed to scale up sensitization adhering to the guidelines while undergoing home-based care.

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Currently, 31 COVID -19 patients are admitted at the Intensive Care Unit in St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor and Gulu Regional Referral Hospital.

Onyai says Gulu District has received over 2,000 rapid diagnostic test kits for COVID -19 and that effective Monday next week, all the lower health facilities within the district shall begin testing COVID -19.

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Sister Clara Oloya, the–Charge of Aywee Health Center III says that out of the average 200 patients they receive every day, the majority presents have signs and symptoms of COVID -19 like sour throats, flu-like symptoms among others.