Mon. Sep 28th, 2020

Gulu COVID-19 Treatment Unit Runs Out of Space, Drugs

The surveillance and case management personnel for the novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Gulu is stuck with over 30 patients in the community after the treatment centre ran out of space for new admissions.

The government expanded the Tuberculosis ward at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital to a 74 bed-capacity COVID-19 treatment unit. But currently, the facility is treating an excess of 123 patients. 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

Last week, the COVID-19 Task Force conducted mass testing of Gulu District Local Government staff after Martin OjaraMapenduzi, the District Chairman tested positive for the virus. Some of the 30 positive cases emerged from the group

But Michael Chankara, a public health specialist under the surveillance and case management unit says that these confirmed cases have not yet been evacuated to the treatment unit or even linked to care, due to lack of space

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