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Lira City Contributing Highest Number of COVID-19 Patients in Lango

Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, attributes the problem on the laxity in following the Standard Operating Procedures.

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Lira City is on the spot for contributing the largest number of COVID-19 patients handled at  Lira Regional Referral Hospital treatment unit. 

The treatment unit at Lira Regional Referral Hospital serves patients from all the 9 districts in Lango sub region and lira city. Statistics show that Lira City contribute 860 cases of the 1,540 cases registered by November 9th, 2021. 

Lira, Oyam, Amolatar, Apac and Kwania districts have also been identified as “hot spots.” Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, attributes the problem on the laxity in following the Standard Operating Procedures.

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Dr. Stephen Obbo, the director Lira Regional Referral Hospital, says that the virus is spreading easily because the city is densely populated.

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He was also quick to note that there is an increase in the number of patients on admission since August, which he blames on the late referrals of patients.

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However, Lawrence Egole, the Lira Resident City Commissioner who doubles as the COVID-19 Task Force Chairperson, says they are embarking on more sensitization on adherence to the SOPs and vaccination to scale down the spread of the virus.

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Josephine Abeja, a resident of Odokomit in Lira City West division received her first jab after hearing the statistics. She says that she got scared that she might contract the virus if she is not vaccinated. 

“The truth is I was not very sure about this vaccination thing but after hearing about the situation in the city I got scared because the Minister kept saying we should get vaccinated and that guy (referring to the LRR Hospital’s director) said most of the people in the treatment center are those who haven’t vaccinated so I had to do it.”

Currently, the treatment center has 17 patients and 117 under Home Based Care.

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