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Kitgum COVID-19 Home Based Care Patients Accused of Flouting Guidelines

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.

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COVID 19 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 distancing.   

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.