Buliisa confirms first Covid-19 case

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Buliisa district has recorded its first coronavirus case, the District Health Educator (DHE), Mr Robert Mugabe has revealed.

Speaking to this website on Sunday, the DHE said that the confirmed case is a 39-year-old male cleaner at Tullow Oil Bugungu Camp.

Mr Mugabe said that the patient had been confined in the camp since the announcement of the curfew but only went to the trading centre to buy food.

The DHE added that all the 22 samples of workers at the camp that were collected on May 27, this year and taken to the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), Entebbe tested negative.

However, he said that of the three samples that were taken on Friday only one that tested positive for the virus on Sunday.

By press time, Mr Mugabe said that an ambulance from Hoima Regional Referral Hospital was en-route to Buliisa to pick the patient.

Buliisa General Hospital does not have an ambulance. The one that exists in Buliisa district belongs to Total E&P Uganda-an oil company operating in the area.

The DHE also said that the patient’s workmates have been institutionally quarantined in the camp and health caregivers will be visiting them every after two days.

Mr Mugabe appealed to “the public to be vigilant and report visitors and any Covid-19 suspects in the community to the health authorities for immediate action”.

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