Amuru taskforce member tests positive for coronavirus



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Amuru—18, June 2020: One of the Amuru district taskforce members on Covid-19 has tested positive for the virus, says the District Health Officer (DHO).

Dr Odong Patrick Olwedo, the DHO, revealed this on Tuesday during the district taskforce meeting held at the Amuru district Headquarters.

He says recent samples collected for a test from120 district staff and committee members, one tested positive for coronavirus.

Dr Odong told the meeting that she (the patient) was transferred to Entebbe Grade B Hospital for further treatment.

“This might have happened due to lack of protective gears,” he added.

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The DHO also noted that lack of protective gears (PPE) is exposing the committee members to infection since the district is one of the hot spots in the country.

He appealed to the community for vigilance as one of the Covid-19 patient is still at large and is being traced by the district taskforce.

Dr Kaggwa Mugagga, a World Health Organization (WHO) representative who had visited Amuru, in his speech on Tuesday to the taskforce expressed fears. He said the district might experience a rapid increase in cases among community members since people are not enforcing the guidelines.

This, he reveals, will lead to high chance of rapid spread of the virus amongst community in a very short time.

He recommended for mandatory testing of all residents of Atiak sub-county in order for government to control the increasing cases of community infection in the district.

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