Dr Paska Apiyo, the Head of the COVID -19 Treatment Centre at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital told URN in an interview that one of the COVID -19 positive mothers was forced to carry her child along because her husband-a police officer- declined to take care of the child claiming he has a busy schedule.
A total of six children are housed at the COVID -19
treatment centre at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital where their mothers are receiving treatment
after testing positive for the contagious disease. The children are aged between
one and three years.
Dr Paska Apiyo, the Head of the
COVID -19 Treatment Centre at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital told URN in an
interview that one of the COVID -19 positive mothers was forced to carry her
child along because her husband-a
declined to take care of the child claiming he has a busy schedule.
According to Apiyo, the Children
are at a very high risk of getting infected since they are always in contact
with the mothers. COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact
from person-to-person, and the
more closely a person interacts with others and the longer that interaction,
the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.
Bishop Janani Loum, the Head of
Surveillance at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital told URN that the mothers have been put in
self-contained rooms to minimize their children’s movement and contact with other people in the treatment Centre.
Loum adds that the mothers have been given N95 facemasks and advised to follow the Standard
Operating Procedures while breastfeeding to reduce the chances of infecting
their children. All of them
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Loum adds that the hospital
management is in talks with development partners like UNICEF and World Vision
to help in the construction of child-friendly space, a facility that shall be
used to keep the children whose mothers shall be receiving COVID -19 treatment
at the health facility.
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Adrian Ssali, the Country
Representative of Soleterre Foundation, a Charity Organization that has been
supporting Gulu Regional Referral Hospital since 2011 said that a proposal has been sent to
their headquarters in Millan in Italy to see that child-friendly space is
constructed at the hospital to
deal with such situations.