All activities at Holy Innocent Medical Centre in Kamutur Sub County, Bukedea district have been suspended, following the death of a COVID-19 patient.
The deceased has only been identified as Sam Ijala who checked into the facility last week with fever and other malaria-like symptoms.
The patient on Sunday night after spending three nights in the ward raising suspicions among the attendants and community members of possible COVID-19 infection. Tests confirmed that the deceased had indeed succumbed to COVID-19.
Now, Geoffrey Okiswa, the Bukedea Resident District Commissioner and chairperson of the district COVID-19 task force says that there is a possibility that medics at the private health facility admitted the deceased with full knowledge that he was positive for COVID-19 or ignored the glaring signs and symptoms presented by the patients.
Okiswa added that the confirmatory tests have traumatized both the attendants and community forcing the District COVID-19 Taskforce to suspend all operations at the facility for 14 days to allow disinfection.
The death has also has reawakened the team to monitor the activities and services offered to the community.
In a period of a fortnight, Bukedea district lost four people to COVID-19, a situation the RDC says made the COVID-19 Taskforce double its efforts in enforcing the Presidential Directives especially observance of Standard Operating Procedures- SOPs.