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The World Health Organisation – WHO will dispatch two physicians to Gulu Regional Referral Hospital to boost the fight against COVID-19.
The COVID-19 case management team headed by Dr Paska Apiyo is overstretched and
the WHO reinforcement is expected to boost their effort in healthcare
Dr James Elima, the hospital Director lauded the intervention adding
that the two physicians are expected to complement the work of Dr Apiyo,
who is the only physician at the treatment centre.
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Dr Elima contends that the hospital is creating a new isolation centre and
intensive care unit (ICU) for the 10 ventilators being delivered by the
Ministry of Health which will require more human resource capacity.
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The District Health Officer, Yoweri Idiba, explains that with only Dr Apiyo doing all COVID-19 case management at the
hospital, the WHO backup will relieve the work pressure on her.
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Janani Bishop Loum, the in-Charge of the Public Health Department at Gulu
Regional Referral Hospital, in his COVID-19 situation report revealed that they
have so far responded to 1,494 alerts as of May 19.
Currently, the hospital is treating 14 confirmed active cases of COVID-19 patients. Uganda has recorded 264 cases of COVID-19 as of May 20, 2020.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.