Lira—2, September 2020: The Erute South Member of Parliament, Hon. Jonathan Odur who last week tested positive for the novel coronavirus has been told his contact (a female) died and was buried.
News of Odur’s test result which came out positive was trending as rumours on social media last week (month) but would later be confirmed true after several media houses including this digital newspaper reached out to him.
According to the vocal legislator, he was among MPs who positively yielded to a call by the parliamentary commission read as authorities that they (MPs) be tested to find out their health statuses regarding Covid-19.
“On Thursday, we received a notification from the Office of the Clerk to Parliament asking us to test for Covid-19. I was among MPs who responded positively and voluntarily offered to be tested,” Odur says.
While driving alone from Kampala to Lira City on Friday night, Odur says he received a call allegedly from an official from the Ministry of Health who told him that his result from the Central Government Laboratory shows that he is positive for the novel coronavirus and he was asked to take precautions.
Shocked and bewildered, Jonathan Odur says he needed not to worry about his family because none came into contact with him and he drove straight to his Lira based home in Lira City East Division.
Controversial facts emerge
“I received another second call from the Ministry of Health Covid-19 Response Team alerting of a plan to pick me for treatment in Kampala but I asked if they knew my contact to which they responded in the affirmative and said she was receiving treatment at Lira Regional Referral Hospital.”
According to Odur, he insisted to the Covid-19 Response Team that he would prefer to be admitted to Lira Referral Hospital Treatment Center which would give him an opportunity to know and also interact with the female contact which they alleged travelled with him in his vehicle.
He was, however, later told that his contact died of Covid-19 and was buried in a district in Western Uganda.
“This is very incoherent, I should have been told where I came into contact with this lady, whether in a function, a burial ceremony or in a public place, I deserve to know but no one is willing to give me information. Even at the district I have not gotten any facts,” Odur narrated while being interviewed on the Yite Twolo show, a popular show on our Lira City East based media partner station, 94.3 QFM.
Efforts to corroborate information from health officials from Lira district health department has been futile.
Meanwhile, Odur says much as he has no signs and symptoms consistent with Covid-19, he has accepted the results and is now self isolating at home.
Lira Regional Referral Hospital treatment center has treated over 200 Covid-19 patients and no death has been recorded.
In recent days, the hospital also saw the installation of critical equipment including a ventilator at the 10 bed capacity Intensive Care Unit—ICU.
It was last week commissioned by Health Minister, Dr Jane Aceng.