Gulu Chairman Dismisses COVID-19 Case
Martina Ojara Mapenduzi, the Gulu district chairman has dismissed as false news reports circulating that a Kenyan truck driver has been confirmed positive for COVID-19 in Gulu.
The chairman who posted a statement on Facebook this afternoon clarified said that the Taskforce picked a Kenyan national named Khadi Abibi, 26 years old from a home around Down Shop in Layibi Division, Gulu Municipality and took him to the isolation facility at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital after he had showed signs and symptoms similar to that of COVID-19.
Mapenduzi said that the truck Driver had stayed at a home in Down Shop for about 4 days.
He said that the suspect’s samples were on Wednesday sent to Entebbe with results yet to return.
Mapenduzi however said that the man is currently in a stable condition and being fully attended to by the medical team at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital and accordingly called for calm among locals.
Santo Okot Lapolo, the Resident District Commissioner and Chairperson of the COVID-19 Gulu Task Force called for calm among members of the public and urged them to continue complying with the Presidential directives and follow the precautionary measures as advised by the medical personnel.
To date, Uganda has so far confirmed 55 cases of a pandemic since 21 March when the first case of the disease was reported in the country meanwhile Kenya has up to 225 confirmed cases and 10 deaths.