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Two COVID-19 Patients Escape from Arua Hospital Over Hunger

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Christopher Dradika, the COVID-19 Regional Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response Focal Point Person to the Taskforce meeting that they have failed to trace two missing patients.
Arua regional referral hospital Covid19 Isolation Center.

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Two COVID-19 patients have escaped from the treatment center at Arua Regional Referral Hospital due to hunger triggering panic among Arua City dwellers. The two male patients reportedly escaped from the treatment center on Monday after being abandoned by their would be caregivers.



Apparently, Arua Regional Referral Hospital lacks food to feed COVID-19 patients being managed at the treatment center. The patients rely on food provided by their relatives. Arua district has cumulatively registered 358 positive COVID-19 cases including six refuges and 49 health workers. The district has also registered 27 deaths, with the last six deaths recorded in the last 72 hours.

Christopher Dradika, the COVID-19 Regional Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response Focal Point Person to the Taskforce meeting that they have failed to trace two missing patients.

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Martin Oroch, the Arua Resident City Commissioner condemned  the escape of the patients, saying that although the situation is worrying, the government is doing its best to respond to emergency needs.

 

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Gordon Acidri, the Head of COVID-19 Surveillance Team Arua City, says the number of home-based quarantine continues to increase because of limited facilities at the isolation center at Arua hospital.

 

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