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Kitgum COVID-19 Task Force Sends Health Officials Under Self-Quarantine

Sources told Uganda Radio Network that the Commissioner and his team arrived Kitgum on May 25. They allegedly met some members of the district task force and other health workers, toured Kitgum General Hospital Maternity Ward, and were hosted for a talk show on one of the radio stations.
The Kitgum District COVID-19 task force has traced and placed under self-quarantine five contacts to a Health Ministry's Commissioner who tested positive for Coronavirus Disease.

The commissioner whose identity remains concealed is believed to have been one of the seven health workers that tested positive of the novel coronavirus less than a week ago. He had visited the areas of Gulu, Kitgum and Lamwo, as part of the fact-finding and community sensitization mission bu the Ministry of Health.

Sources told Uganda Radio Network that the Commissioner and his team arrived Kitgum on May 25. They allegedly met some members of the district task force and other health workers, toured Kitgum General Hospital Maternity Ward, and were hosted for a talk show on one of the radio stations.

Kitgum District Chairperson Jackson Omona also a member of the  COVID-19 task force told URN that all five contacts were traced between Wednesday and Thursday morning and subsequently tested for Coronavirus Disease. The Kitgum General Hospital Acting Medical Superintendent, the District Health Educator, the Secretary to the District Health Officer and a driver are said to have interacted with the Commissioner.

Omona said that all contacts have been advised to undergo a mandatory 14-days’ self-quarantine at home while they are monitored by health officials. He said the district COVID-19 surveillance team continues to trace persons who could have met or had contacts with the commissioner and his team.

Meanwhile, a  Radio Presenter that hosted the commissioner at one of the radio stations in Kitgum started his self-quarantine on Sunday, according to the supervisor who asked for anonymity. 

"...they spoke with their face mask on and we believe there were limited chances of transmission,  but because of precaution, the host was advised to undergo quarantine," said the supervisor. He added that the talk show host was later subjected to a test whose results are yet to be received.

Lamwo Resident District Commissioner Nabinson Kidega however refuted claims that the health Ministry officials reached the district in an interview with Uganda Radio Network on Thursday.

In Gulu District, more than five people who were possible contacts to the health officials including the Gulu District Chairperson Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the Resident District Commissioner Maj Santos Okot Lapolo and some radio presenters have been quarantined. 

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