COVID-19: Lira Hospital clogs with patients, fails to feed them

The Covid-19 treatment centre at Lira Regional Referral hospital, in Lira District northern Uganda, has reached its capacity and run out of food for patients.

Presently, the treatment centre has 32 patients admitted instead of the advised 20 patients.

Milton Odongo, the Lira resident district commissioner who yet doubles as the head of the Covid-19 district task force, tells that they have identified three other treatment centres including Lira University Teaching hospital, PAG health centre IV I and Amach health centre IV to admit the swelling coronavirus patient cases. 

He says that district health authorities and members of the Covid-19 taskforce have embarked on community rallying and sensitization to deter a further stretch of the virus.

According to Odongo, the local community is very negligent in enforcing coronavirus disease preventive approaches and are not clasping to social distancing, face mask-wearing, and hand washing. 

On Sunday, four health workers at the hospital tested positive for Covid19. Dr Patrick Odongo, a senior medical officer at the hospital also succumbed to the virus. 

On Monday, Lira district headquarters was closed after one staff tested positive to Covid-19.

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