The Ministry of Health says Lira Regional Referral Hospital remains OPEN, contrary to social media reports.
However, the hospital has been conducting mass testing for COVID-19 among its staff.
According to Emmanuel Ainebyoona,
SPRO-MOH health, 4 workers were confirmed for COVID-19, of which 2 work in the operating theatre.
The theatre has since been temporarily closed for disinfection and contact tracing.
All other health services remain OPEN to the public with strict adherence to SOPs.
On a sad note the Ministry annouces the death of a Senior Medical Officer of Lira RRH today due to COVID 19.
“The ministry commiserates with the staff of Lira hospital and the entire medical fraternity on this untimely death. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”
Earlier reports had said the hospital was closed to the public due to an upsurge in Covid19 cases.
This comes on the heels of reports that a medical Doctor at the facility succumbed to the virus last night.
The panic is also compounded by reports that six more medical workers at the largest facility in Lango region have tested positive for the novel Coronavirus today.
It is reported that security personnel have been deployed to ensure no entry into or exit out of the health facility.
Speaking to Unity News, Judith Namirimu Polah Nanyonjo, the Senior Principal Nursing Officer, who heads the Covid19 taskforce among medical workers in Lango region, says truly the facility has been closed to ‘traffic’.
She says those who are inside will undergo random sample testing for Covid19 and they would be sensitised on lifestyles that do not imperil their lives and that of their prospective contacts in the wake of Covid19, when they are out in the community.
She also confirms that gates remain closed for entry into the facility to avoid further exposures.
She however declines to comment on reports that one of her kind, Dr Patrick Odongo, succumbed to Coronavirus on admission at the Intensive Care Unit at Lira Regional Referral Hospital.
Dr Patrick Odongo, 56, comes from Bala sub county in the neighbouring Kole district and is the proprietor of Meg Wa Clinic, near National Water and Sewerage Corporation Offices on Maruzi Road in Lira City.
He breathed his last at the Intensive care unit last night.
He was a known patient of Diabetes and reports say his condition was worsened when he contracted Covid19, leading to his demise.
The six new cases are his reported very close contacts at Lira Regional Referral Hospital.
He studied with Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Acheng Ochero, Dr Robert Oremo- the DHO Otuke, Dr Andrew Ochero and Dr Terence Okello, either at Dr Obote College Boroboro in Lira City or Makerere University in Kampala or at both learning institutions.
His body has been wrapped in a manner consistent with the covering of bodies that are victims of Covid19.