Gulu Regional Referral Hospital has on Tuesday afternoon discharged three more patients who recovered from COVID -19.
The trio are male Kenyan truck drivers who have been receiving treatment at the isolation ward at the hospital after they tested positive for the virus from Elegu Border Point in Amuru district last month.
The discharge comes after they tested negative after the 14-day mandatory period and also negative for the 24 and 72-hour test as required by the Ministry of Health.
Dr. Paska Apiyo, the in-charge of the Isolation Ward at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital said the trio underwent both medical treatment and psychosocial support and that their quick recovery follows their cooperation and compliance with the health workers.
“We have taken care of them through the days that they have been here and they have fully recovered, they are going home in good condition,” said Dr. Apiyo.
“They are really very happy with us, we are going to release more of these patients from Gulu Regional Referral Hospital,” she revealed.
Dr. James Elima, the Director of Gulu Regional Referral Hospital revealed that the hospital has capacity to admit only 67 COVID -19 patients and that it shall not exceed that capacity.
According to Elima, there is a need for a serious strategy for Elegu Border Point in Amuru district to scale down the rate of infection among the community there.
“We have been working with the leaders from Amuru and our partner, World Health Organization on a strategy for Elegu border point and once we handle the issue of Elegu very well, our community cases shall go down,” said Dr. Elima.
Maj Santos Okot Lapolo, the Gulu Resident District Commissioner and the Chairman Gulu District COVID -19 Taskforce appealed to the recovered Kenyan truck drivers to continue observing all the precautionary measures put in place to prevent the spread of the virus.
Lapolo also appealed to the health workers at the frontline of treating the COVID -19 patients to focus on their work and not listen to negative statements made against them by some of the politicians in the region.
This brings to four (4), the total number of patients who have so far recovered from COVID -19 after receiving treatment at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital.