By Fred Siminyu
Namayingo—11, July 2020: The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga has directed the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology and National Guidance (ICT & NG) to intervene and trace the Namayingo District Health Officer (DHO) who has gone into hiding after testing positive for Covid-19.
The Speaker was on last Wednesday responding to a concern that had been put before the August House by a Member of Parliament for Bukooli Island in Namayingo district, Hon. George Abott Ouma expressing fears that Dr. Patrick Magoola the Namayingo District Health Officer had disappeared after testing positive for Covid-19.
The legislator told parliament that Dr. Patrick Magoola, after ascertaining that he had contracted the virus, posted his findings on social media and disappeared, throwing the district into a panic.
“What is most worrying is that whereas he is in hiding, we have many of his colleagues who were in contact with him who are still at large,” Mr Abott told parliament.
Abott added that there are permanent fears among the residents because Dr. Magoola constantly calls his close colleagues plus workmates and appeals to them to go for testing.
Namayingo RDC who also chairs the district task force on Covid-19, Mr Majid Dhikusooka has also confirmed the incident, and said that his team are trying as much as possible to trace Dr. Magoola’s close contacts and test them to find out that they are safe.
“The whole district has been thrown into panic after the District Health Officer declaring while in hiding that he has fallen victim to Covid-19,” he said.
He however said all efforts are underway to trace Dr. Magoola, and that Police have been informed to assist into tracing his whereabouts.