The first COVID -19 positive patients admitted at Gulu and Jinja referral hospitals have been discharged.
At Gulu Hospital, a 41-year-old Ugandan male truck driver was
admitted for treatment on May 1 after he was intercepted from Elegu Border Post.
Dr James Elima, the Director of Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, revealed that the patient tested negative for the 14th-day mandatory period and
also negative for the 24 and 72 hours test day.
Dr Elima adds that the patient is currently undergoing psycho-social
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Currently, Gulu Regional Referral Hospital is treating a total of
14 COVID -19 patients. Twelve of these are at the health facility while two are in isolation
centre at Gulu School of Clinical Officers in Laroo Division in Gulu
Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu, the Minister of State for Primary Health Care, who was
present during the discharging of the patient, appealed to the masses to
strictly follow the guidelines of the Ministry of Health to avoid getting
infected by the virus.
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According to Dr Kaducu, the COVID -19 patients who are being discharged upon
recovery and their families must undergo psycho-social therapy to avoid
stigmatisation by their family members and the community.
At Jinja Hospital, the first COVID-19 positive
patient was admitted on April 25. He was discharged on Thursday
Florence Tugumisirize, the hospital director, says that administrators together with the Buikwe District COVID-19 Taskforce members have sensitised members of the community where the recovered patient lives to ensure that he isn’t
stigmatised after discharge.
Tugumisirize reveals that three patients are currently admitted at the isolation
centre and are steadily responding to treatment.
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Last evening, over 10 nurses laid down their tools and abandoned a patient inside
the ambulance as they held a protest over delayed payment. However,
Tugumisirize says that the in-charge of the isolation centre had exaggerated
Meanwhile, Michael Mulowoza, the coordinator of the isolation centre
says that the hospital management has resolved to rotate nurses regularly,
which he says will reduce their fatigue.