Lira—9, August 2021: It is a somber mood in Dokolo district following the demise of its Education Officer (DEO), Bosco Bwonyo.
Bwonyo succumbed to Covid -at the dawn of Sunday morning from Lira Regional Referral Hospital’s treatment center, where he was taken for medical care.
The deceased, who was also an evangelist with Faith Mission Ministries, had previously served as an inspector of schools in Lira district.
The tested positive for Covid-19 and was being managed from home under a home-based care system, TND News was told.
His condition deteriorated around 3 am on Sunday and family was advised to rush him to the treatment center. On their way, they realized they had forgotten his Covid -19 test results, which caused “a slight delay”.
However, Doctors found his oxygen saturation level had dropped to 58% and he passed on an hour later after failed attempts to resuscitate him.
According to Dr. Edmond Aceka, the acting Lira district health officer, the deceased was also diabetic.
Dr. Aceka has now advised that Covid-19 patients with comorbidities such as HIV/ AIDS, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, among others, from being managed from their homes and propose that they should be rushed to the treatment center.
The DHO says five patients were on oxygen as of Sunday but overall, the number of Covid-19 patients at the treatment center of Lira Regional Referral Hospital has gone up from 12 to 26.
He has also expressed concern about a rise in the community infection and cited Agweng sub-county where a woman aged 70 was diagnosed with Covid-19 yet she has no records of travel anywhere.
Aceka is also incensed at the public for not observing Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures.
“Yesterday I was at Balpee market; I found multitudes of people but there was none wearing a face mask. I had to use the police to force them to put on a face mask,” Aceka told our reporter.
He further warned that this “could spiral community infection”.
“…. Covid-19 infections have shot up over the past few days in the districts of Lira, Dokolo, Kwania and Oyam,” he said with apprehension.