Gulu Covid-19 Task Force, College of Health Science Lock Horns over Patients “Ferried Illegally”


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The principal of Gulu College of Health Science wants COVID -19 cases vacated from the institute’s premises after they were reportedly ferried illegally.

The institute is located next to Gulu Regional Referral Hospital. Currently, there are over 40 COVID -19 cases receiving treatment at the boys’ dormitories of the institute after Gulu Regional Referral Hospital isolation ward was said to be full.

Grace Aninge, the Principal of the College told SoftPower News that Gulu District COVID -19 Taskforce and the Management of the Hospital brought the patients into the institute premises without seeking the permission of the college management.

She revealed that the team cut the institute fence, set up a tent and later ferried the patients, something that angered the management of the institute.

“We were only told that 20 patients were brought in the night without our knowledge and that day, our fence was cut open. This is surely a violation of our rights and our governing council is not happy at all.” Aninge revealed.

Aninge also notes that if the patients are not transferred to another place, reopening of the school for finalists on 4 June as directed by President Museveni during his address to the nation on 19 May, will be affected since the learners will be at risk of getting infected.

“The District Taskforce has not communicated to us when and where they will take those patients by the 4th neither, moreover these ones here are positive. They need to be removed early in time and the fumigation of the institute has to be done thoroughly, said Aninge

Gulu College of Health Science’s other campus located at Laroo Division in Gulu Municipality is also being used as an institutional quarantine center for Gulu.

Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the Chairman Gulu District says they held a District Executive Committee meeting on Monday and resolve that the UgShs 60 million returned by the three Members of Parliament of Gulu be used for setting up another institutional quarantine centre so that Gulu College of Health Science is vacated.

According to Mapenduzi, the district task force is in talks with Watoto church to offer one of their centres in Gulu town to be used as an institutional quarantine centre

Maj Santos Okot Lapolo, the Gulu Resident District Commissioner and Chairman of the Gulu District COVID -19 Task force said they ferried COVID -19 patients to Gulu College of Health Science because it is a government institution and that they did not need to get permission to use it.

He adds that all the task force is doing is saving the lives of Ugandan nationals who have been found positive of COVID -19.

Gulu Regional Referral Hospital has already admitted 65 COVID -19 patients majority of who were brought from Elegu Town Council in Amuru district.

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