COVID-19 patient escapes from Gulu Hospital, intercepted in Pader

Local authorities and residents of Angagura Sub-county in Pader District on Sunday intercepted a COVID-19 patient who had escaped from Gulu Regional Referral Hospital COVID-19 treatment centre on Friday, August 28, 2020.

The patient in his 30s and a broker at Gulu main bus park was intercepted at around 1:30pm from Corner Ranch, according to the Angangura Sub-county LC 3 Chairman, Mr Lazarus Kidega Obbo.

The politician explained that the patient who hails from the same area was intercepted by local authorities and residents who had already been tipped off by the Gulu District COVID-19 taskforce that the escapee was aboard a taxi registration number UAX 603B.

However, Mr Obbo said that the driver of the taxi with seven passengers on board refused to stop and proceeded to Pader district.

“We were already alert and so we informed every responsible person to help us wait for him [patient]. When he disembarked from the vehicle, we just ordered him to sit down and immediately put him into self-isolation,” said Mr Obbo

When contacted, Mr Michael Cankara, the Gulu Surveillance Officer, confirmed the report adding that the authorities were working on the matter by press time.

“I am aware of the incident and we are working on the matter. But I am off for any other information”.

Maj Santo Okot Lapolo, the head of the Gulu District COVID-19 Taskforce cum Resident District Commissioner, lauded the local community for the efforts they put in to intercept the patient.

“That’s good news when we see such intervention from the community in containing the spread of the disease,” Mr Lapolo said.

So far, Gulu has 46 active cases of COVID-19.

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