Irene Lamwaka Aziz, a resident of Palaro Sub-County said her grandmother tested positive for the virus and consequently some residents in her village denied her family members access to shops and water sources for fear getting infected.
Gulu District Task Force has raised a red flag against the rampant
community stigma against covid-19 patients.
The leaders are concerned that several individuals who tested
positive for the virus during the second wave of the pandemic and were treated
are constantly facing hostility, rejection, ridicule and humiliation after they
have been discharged from the hospital.
Vincent Ouma, the Omel Sub-County LCIII Chairperson says that
three patients who recovered from the plague and were discharged with a
certificate are constantly being stigmatized and denied rights of association.
Ouma said his office has recorded complaints from the affected residents that
they are experiencing avoidance, physical confrontation and insults from their
close relatives and neighbours.
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Irene Lamwaka Aziz, a resident of Palaro Sub-County said her grandmother tested
positive for the virus and consequently some residents in her village denied
her family members access to shops and water sources for fear of getting
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Dr Kenneth Canna, the Acting District Health Officer said the incidences of
hostility are rampant and threatening infection control yet the trajectory
indicates apparently that infection rates have reduced in the community.
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Dr Canna who doubles as the Secretary to the Task Force disclosed that they
have resolved to issue certificates of discharge to all patients as a guarantee
that they are no longer a risk to the community.
Among other interventions to scale down community stigma, Dr Canna
pointed out that they have set up a team of health experts to make regular
monitoring visits to all individuals who were discharged and conduct awareness
creation to their immediate family members.
As of Wednesday, available statistics from the District Health Department
indicates that both Gulu City and Gulu District have treated a total of 3,230
cumulative confirmed cases. Of those, the death stands at 111.
Currently, there are 15 active cases of patients undergoing treatment at St.
Mary’s Hospital Lacor and 09 at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital while 169
patients are under home-based care management; 110 for Gulu City and 59 in Gulu