GULU – The Ministry of Health has admitted a Ugandan truck driver who tested positive for coronavirus at an isolation unit at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital despite area leaders earlier opposing the plan.
Early last month, Acholi leaders led by Aruu County MP Odonga Otto mobilised residents and stopped an ambulance from admitting to Gulu hospital a Kenyan truck driver who had been intercepted in Oyam District after testing positive for coronavirus.
But on Friday, May 1, a truck driver who was intercepted at Elegu Border Post at Elegu Town Council in Amuru district on his way from South Sudan was admitted to Gulu.
The truck driver travelled to Juba, South Sudan on Monday 27April, the same day his samples were drawn and taken for tests although he was declared positive of the virus the following day.
Gulu district taskforce chairman Maj. Santo Okot Lapolo called for calm among the population as health workers handle the patient.
“Our medical team is doing everything possible to handle this case effectively and he is in a stable condition. We call for calm and strongly advise our people to rely on authentic information from the Health Ministry and the Taskforce.” Maj Lapolo said.
Dr. Paska Apio, the Deputy Director of Gulu Regional Referral Hospital who doubles as the Head of Case Management in the Gulu District COVID -19 Taskforce revealed that the patient is in a stable condition.