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