The Kitgum District COVID 19 Surveillance Focal Person Simon Okongo Nock says they are concerned that the failure to adhere to the set guidelines could escalate the spread of the virus in the communities.
patients under the home-based care in Kitgum district are flouting the guidelines
to curtail the spread of the pandemic.
The Kitgum District COVID 19 Surveillance Focal Person Simon Okongo Nock says
they are concerned that the failure to adhere to the set guidelines could
escalate the spread of the virus in the communities.
According to Okongo, some patients under the home base care are reportedly
leaving their homes and freely mixing with members of the community.
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The Ministry of Health policy guidelines for home-based isolation and care
stipulates that patients under this category have the responsibility to stay at
home and away from other people to prevent the spread of the virus to others
who might include family members, friends, and the wid=community.
The policy further states that patients should be isolated in a separate room
where the patient can recover without sharing immediate space with other
household members, while they observe other standard operating procedures that
include; constantly wearing a face mask, hand washing and observing social
Dr Geoffrey Okello, the Kitgum General Hospital Medical Superintendent says as a
requirement, patients under home-based care should also be monitored regularly,
advised and counseled to limit movements and stay home.
Dr Okello however says the intervention requires adequate funding although some
development partners have pledged to fund the activities of health workers to
monitor the patients at home.
The Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech also the district COVID
19 Taskforce Chairperson advised those under home-based care to stay confined
at home and strictly adhere to the Standard Operating Procedures until they are
fit for discharge.