Maj. Santo Okot Lapolo, the Gulu Resident District Commissioner (RDC) who also doubles the Head of COVID-19 Task, says the personnel in the unit were reduced following the implementation of the home based care strategy for asymptomatic COVID-9 patients as recommended by the Health Ministry.
Nine health workers
attached to the Coronavirus Treatment Unit- CTU at Gulu Regional Referral hospital have been dismissed without receiving their risk allowances. “As per the
the decision of top management, the following service providers are supposed to
exit from the CTU and report to the respective units by November 2nd,”
A copy of an internal memo issued by management reads in part.
health workers are George Okumu, an Enrolled Nurse who has been redeployed to
the Emergency Unit, Patrick Odong, Nursing Officer moved to the Medical Ward,
Peace Nsimenta Nursing Officer moved to the Gynecology Ward and Stella Agutia,
Nursing Officer sent to the Acute Care Unit.
Others are Margaret Acayo, a Nursing Assistant redeployed to the Pediatric
Ward, Doreen Adokorach, a Kitchen Assistant transferred to Special
Clinics/Records and her counterpart, Anna Amucu moved to the Nutrition
Martin Janan Okello, a Pharmacy Attendant was moved to the in
Patient Pharmacy while Christine Abalo, a mental health Attendant was
redeployed to the Out Patient Department (OPD). A source privy to the abrupt
redeployment told URN on condition of anonymity that the affected health workers
simply paid the price for protesting against the delayed payment of allowances
for five months.
Dr. Paska Apiyo, a Physician in-charge of the unit has confirmed the development. She however, expressed dismay at the decision,
saying it came at wrong time when the hospital is handling patients in critical
condition. According to Dr. Apiyo, the decision has already affected health
care delivery following the reduction in the number of personnel in the unit
that was already understaffed.
Santo Okot Lapolo, the Gulu Resident District Commissioner (RDC) who also doubles
the Head of COVID-19 Task, says the personnel in the unit were reduced
following the implementation of the home based care strategy for asymptomatic COVID-9
patients as recommended by the Health Ministry.
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Lapolo revealed that he has already met the hospital administration and team
leaders at the CTU to clear the pending arrears to avoid further grievances and
friction in the work place.
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recorded at least 10COVID-19 deaths since September. All the cases were referred
from St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor or Gulu Regional Referral Hospital to Mulago
Hospital in Kampala. Gulu recorded its first death last week. So far
the facility has cumulatively treated over 1, 200 patients since April, 2020. Over
350 were community transmissions.