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Pader Task Force Stuck with COVID-19 Patients Hosted in School Premises

At least 90 students, among them 83 males and seven females, all in their final year are expected to resume classes at Kilak Corner Technical Institute in Pader Sub County when schools reopen on October 15. But the district is currently stuck with 29 COVID-19 patients at the school dormitory which was turned into isolation centre a month ago.
30 Sep 2020 16:27
Kilak Corner Technical Institute where covid-19 patients are currently being treated in Pader district.

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Pader District COVID-19 task force remains undecided on where to relocate COVID-19 patients currently occupying Kilak Corner Technical institute.

At least 90 students, among them 83 males and seven females, all in their final year are expected to resume classes at Kilak Corner Technical Institute in Pader Sub County when schools reopen on October 15. But the district is currently stuck with 29 COVID-19 patients at the school dormitory which was turned into an isolation centre a month ago.

Dr Alex Layoo, the Pader District Health Officer says that they still don’t have any alternative facility to relocate the patients.  Dr Layoo says the district is financially incapacitated to create an emergency quarantine and isolation centre. The only alternative treatment centre is at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital.

He notes that the COVID-19 taskforce is still making consultations with the Ministry of Health and other relevant stakeholders on a better position to manage the situation without releasing the patients into the community.

“We are consulting over that. we are aware of the fact the most schools are reopening on October 15th, we shall come out with a better position. We don’t want to make bad decisions of sending these patients into the community in a rush because schools are reopening,” Says Dr Layoo.

Dr Layoo, however, says the health department is fully committed to disinfecting the learning institution once the patients are relocated.

Benedict Ewoku Opio, Principal of Kilak Corner Technical Institute, says that they are concerned over the late reopening of the school since the district hasn’t yet found alternative isolation centre. Opio notes that the school dormitory should have been disinfected by now and been free of any COVID-19 patients and suspects for two weeks before the students resume classes on October 15th. 

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Francis Olwoch, the acting district Education Officer acknowledged delays in relocating the patients to pave way for a safe learning environment. He, however, notes that they are working hard to ensure the place is evacuated and disinfected before schools open.

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Pader district witnessed a spike in COVID-19 cases hitting 250 cases in the past two and half weeks alone, out of which 200 cases were registered among casual workers at Achwa Hydro Power Dam construction site in Agagura sub-county.

The District Covid-19 taskforce on the advice of the Ministry of Health and World Health Organization experts designated an isolation centre at the construction site and cordoned it off for public access.