Lira Covid-19 treatment center out of space as community infection increases



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Last week, this publication reported that four staff of Lira Regional Referral Hospital tested positive for the virus.

Lira—15, September 2020: Lira district has run out of space at its Covid-19 treatment center at Lira Regional Referral Hospital. This is due to an increase in community infections.

This was revealed yesterday by the acting district health officer (Ag. DHO) Dr. Edmond Aceka. Mr Aceka is also the In-charge child and maternal health in the district.

Aceka says the situation is worrying because the infection is now among health worker and cited Ogur Health Center IV, where four medics have tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease.

According to Dr Aceka, they intend to intensify mass testing on health workers in all the facilities in Lira district to find out the magnitude of the infection among health workers.

He also says they now have a huge task to identify and set up another treatment center for Covid -19 patients because the national treatment center set up in Namboole is equally filled to capacity.

The DHO blamed the increasing number of community infections to complacency where most people have disregarded the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the Health Ministry and warned that more deaths could be registered as treatment centers are overwhelmed.

He did not, however, disclose the total number of Covid -19 patients currently admitted at the treatment center in Lira.

By last evening (Monday), Dr. Stephen Oboo, the Director of Lira Regional Referral Hospital said he would not as well able to certain the exact number of patients currently on admission at the treatment center.

He promised to get back to our reporter, later.

On Monday, the Health Ministry in the test results run on Sunday reported five more positive cases of Covid-19 from Lira district.

Last week, this publication reported that four staff of Lira Regional Referral Hospital tested positive for the virus.

A renowned medical doctor who was attached to the Lira City based government referral hospital, also died of the virus and was buried in Kole district.

Again, we also reported that Lira district chambers (headquarters) is partially closed briefly for disinfection after a senior staff attached to the Office of the District Chairman, Hon. Patrick Alex Oremo Alot tested positive for Covid-19.

The female secretary to the district chairman was admitted at Covid-19 treatment center at Lira Regional Referral Hospital after she tested positive for the deadly virus.


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