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Gulu Hospital Admits it’s First Covid19 Patient

Gulu Regional Referral Hospital on Friday admitted its first patient who had tested Positive for Covid-19

The patient is 40-year-old Ugandan truck driver who was intercepted at the Elegu border point in Amuru district.

Gulu district Chairman, Hon. Martin Ojara Mapenduzi confirmed this in a statement saying that this truck driver is a resident of Nakasozi zone, Kyengera in Kampala.

The driver had travelled to Juba, South Sudan on the 27th. 4. 2020 and was intercepted on his way back from Juba.

Mapenduzi called for calm saying that the Medical team is doing everything to handle the case effectively adding that people should rely on authentic information from the Ministry of health.

Dr. Paska Apio, the head of Covid-19 case Management in a statement said that the patient is currently in a stable condition with mild symptoms.

Dr. Apio added that they need more face masks and a sprayer at the facility.

This website understands that all the health workers who received the patient will Isolate themselves from their families in a special   quarantine centre at the hospital as required by the Ministry of health.

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In her address to Gulu Covid-19 Task Force recently, Health Minister, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said the Politicians should not interfere with case management of Covid-19 patients in the region because the health workers have been prepared enough to handle this cases.

Early last Month, concerned Gulu residents led by Aruu County member of Parliament, Hon. Odonga-Otto blocked a Covid-19 positive driver from being brought to Gulu regional referral hospital.

MP Odonga-Otto had alleged that Gulu Regional referral hospital lacked the Personal Protective Equipment[PPEs] needed to fight Covid-19 disease, a claim that has been denied by health officials.

Uganda currently has about 85 cases of the Covid-19 which have been tested and confirmed positive.

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