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Karimojong Covid-19 patients freely roaming the streets of Moroto, Kotido

Moroto Regional Referral hospital Covid-19 treatment unit. Covid-19 patients under home based care have been accused of roaming and freely interacting with the public contrary to the guidelines. File Photo

Moroto, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Authorities in Moroto and Kotido districts are struggling to contain COVID-19 patients who test positive but are out roaming in the streets of the towns.

The problem according to experts is caused by the fact that most facilities in the region do not have isolation and treatment facilities, but also the fact that some people prefer to be treated at home.

The Kotido District Health Officer Dr Cerino Acar says that a major problem for the district is COVID-19 positive individuals who are moving around, knowing they are positive.

He says sometimes they alert authorities but in vain. The DHO explains that some of the sick people roaming the streets have been given clear instructions for treatment for the sickness from home due to lack of treatment units.

According to the Moroto Resident District Commissioner Peter Lochap, it is sad to see people who have tested positive for COVID-19 especially the elite within town moving around well knowing that they are positive and on treatment. The RDC says that they have been working together with the health team of the district, and security to have these people arrested.

He says that on several occasions as a member of the taskforce, he has been alerted about positive persons on the streets, some driving their cars and others on foot freely mixing with the unsuspecting public.

The DPC Moroto Abel Kyooto Barugahare says that all the people known for violating the treatment procedures and exposing themselves to the public will be arrested.

Kotido RDC Peter Logiro says that sometimes these people are picked and asked to do a test since they are moving in the public.

Cumulatively, of the 697 cases registered at Moroto Regional Referral Hospital, 223 received treatment under home-based care management and the remaining 474 in the COVID-19 treatment Unit.

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