Amuru Runs Out of Quarantine Space For Coronavirus Suspects

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Amuru district has identified Pabo secondary school as an alternative to isolate suspected cases of coronavirus after it ran out of isolation space.

The four beds allocated for suspected cases at Elegu border post are not enough following the surging number of people being taken in for isolation.

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On Monday, the beds were occupied by two South Sudanese nationals who travelled to Uganda from India via Dubai and Entebbe and two Airport taxi drivers who transported them to the district from Entebbe.

They and two other a sylum seekers have since been relocated and quarantined in Adjumani district and Gulu Regional Referral Hospital respectively.

Michael Lakony, the Amuru LCV Chairperson says they identified Pabo secondary school as an alternative to isolate suspected cases of the virus.

The Ministry of Health last night confirmed eight more cases of coronavirus disease-COVID-19, bringing the total number of patients in the country to nine.

Agnes Linda Auma, the Amuru Resident District Commissioner says the task force is on high alert after arresting 55 South Sudanese nationals sneaking into Uganda.

A boda boda cyclist identified as Tumuranzye Justas, aged 32 who is suspected to be smuggling South Sudanese nationals into the county has also been arrested.

According to reports, Tumumranzya has been smuggling South Sudanese vie river Unyama through Ogom-raa and then to Adjumani district. RDC Auma says Amuru district has no option but to deport them back because of limited space.

In a related development Amuru district task force has also deported the 245 South Sudanese nationals including pupils who were offloaded by a bus on Sunday night.

Meanwhile, three suspected cases of coronavirus disease COVID-19 have isolated in Maracha Disease. The case includes; two people who recently returned from Kenya.

Following the detection of the three suspected cases, the district security team has closed all border markets with Democratic Republic of Congo. West Nile region continues to face more threats of the Coronavirus spread through DR Congo where a porous exists.

In Gulu district, Gulu regional referral hospital has set an emergency response team for any suspected coronavirus case.

On Monday, it detained eight people after their body temperatures were found to be above abnormal, at 36.5, but they later tested negative for the virus.

The hospital Senior Administrator, Paul Ajuk says whoever visit the hospital shall be subjected to body temperature test.

The hospital principal administrator David Tibemanya also says the hospital has already set an emergency isolation ward with beds.

The Gulu District Boda Boda Motorcycle Association authority has also issued strict directives to its members amidst coronavirus threat in the district.

Among the key directives include Riders must wear hand gloves, helmet, own sanitizers, towels, and placing hand washing facility in all the stages.

Thomas Oboma Okot, the Gulu District Boda Boda Motorcycle Association has since directed stage masters to ensure the directives are followed. In a similar development, most residents of Gulu Municipality have embraced handwashing as one of the preventive measures against new infections.

In Dokolo district, the task force designated Dokolo Technical School to host an isolation center for suspected coronavirus patients. The decision was reached in the Dokola District Corona Virus Task Force meeting following the realisation that self-quarantine isn’t working.

Lawrence Egole, the Dokolo Resident District Commissioner who doubles as the District Corona Virus Task Force Chairperson believes that isolating the returnees in one place will reduce on stigma and ease close monitoring.

      

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