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Gulu Rejects 24 Covid-19 Patients From Kitgum

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Kitgum District Covid-19 taskforce is stuck with 24 Covid-19 patients after they were turned away by Gulu Regional Referral Hospital treatment center because of space constraints.

William Komakech, the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner who also doubles as the Covid-19 task-Force chairperson told Mega Fm in an interview on Monday that the patients have now self-isolated in their homes.

Dr. James Elima, the Director Gulu Regional Referral Hospital confirmed to Mega Fm that they are no longer admitting more patients because of lack of space.

He says the treatment unit with a capacity for 100 patients is now crowded with 123 Covid-19 patients from all corners of the Acholi sub-region.

At least one person has since succumbed to the contagion in Kitgum district and 204 other tested positive for the virus since March this year.

The treatment facility admits at least five patients every day who are mainly evacuated from the districts of Pader, Gulu, Amuru, Omoro, Lamwo, Kitgum, Nwoya and Agago.

Meanwhile, the treatment centre medical team does not have enough supplies to protect themselves from the disease while taking care of patients in the treatment facility.

Dr Paska Apiyo, a Physician who is in charge of the COVID-19 treatment unit confirmed the development and added that the facility has also recorded stock out of Zinc, azithromycin and Vitamin C drugs, which are used to treat COVID-19 patients at the facility.   

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