Acholi Leaders Block Ambulance from Evacuating COVID-19 Patient in Gulu
Leaders from Acholi on Wednesday night blocked an ambulance that was evacuating a cargo truck driver who tested positive for to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
The driver of the truck registration number KCE 448E, entered Uganda through Malaba on April 12, en route to South Sudan.
He was intercepted at Kamdini Trading Centre in Oyam District, about 65Km south of Gulu Town.
The surveillance team who intercepted him made a decision isolate him at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital.
However, area leaders stormed the Gulu-Kampala highway to stop the ambulance from entering Gulu town with the patient.
Aruu County MP, Samuel Odonga Otto led the blocked the ambulance from Palenga Trading Centre in Omoro district arguing that Gulu Regional Referral Hospital where the patient was heading is not well equipped to manage the case.
Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the Gulu District Chairperson revealed that Ministry of Health had ordered the ambulance to take the patient to Gulu before Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanya intervened, consulted with the line Ministry and ordered the ambulance to take the patient to Entebbe Grade B Hospital.
This is the second time the Ministry of Health is meeting resistance in attempts to admit COVID-19 patients in Gulu. The first was a man who tested positive for the virus in Adjumani in March whose admission was also blocked by area leaders.
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Uganda still remains at 55.