Oyam: 6 coronavirus contacts test negative twice, discharged

The discharged contacts who tested negative twice. Courtesy photo.

Six coronavirus [COVID -19] contacts have been discharged after undergoing a mandatory 14 days of quarantine at Anyeke Health Center IV. The health facility currently acts as the district hospital.

The six were discharged today [Thursday] after their second test results from Uganda Virus Research Institute – [UVRI] in Entebbe all turned out negative.

All the contacts who were discharged were taken into quarantine because they were suspected to have interacted with COVID -19 infected persons – two weeks ago.

Oyam LC5 Chairman, Mr Nelsons Adea Akar could not hide his pleasure as Oyam is “free from coronavirus”.

Mr Adea, showing his pleasure, took a group photo with the discharged contacts.

The District Health Officer, Dr Thomas Malinga couldn’t be reached for a comment by press time because his known contact was off.

The Oyam Resident District Commissioner, Gillian Akullo who is the head of the district task force confirmed that the six have been discharged after their second tests came negative.

“The six were happy to be reunited with their families,” RDC added.

TND News has got additional information that 17 contacts in institutional quarantine at Lira School of Comprehensive Nursing and Midwifery have had their first tests showing negative results and they now await their second tests, before discharge.

Over 28 are under institutional quarantine in Lira Municipality

On Wednesday evening, Ministry of Health confirmed two new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total confirmed cases for the country to 81.

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