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Three COVID-19 Suspects Quarantined In Moroto

Details of all other passengers who shared the bus with the three suspects have been taken and the district health surveillance teams have been activated for follow up.

Three people suspected of having the novel COVID-19 [Coronavirus] have been put in isolation in Moroto district.

Mr. Charles Onyang Omudu, the Ag. District Health Officer for Moroto says that upon consultation with the Minister of Health, three people [one man and two girls] have been isolated/quarantined, and their samples have been sent to Central Public Health Laboratories [CPHL] – Entebbe.

“I have just returned from Moroto Reg. Ref. Hospital where we held two Gateway passenger buses! All the travelers have been screened by the District and Regional Medics,” read the message from Omudu to a WhatsApp group last evening.

“I also report that the 3 were fairly stable but as a precaution, we have done whatever is required,” added the DHO.

According to Omudu, the three victims will be kept in isolation for at least up to 4 days, when the results should be received from the CPHL- Entebbe.

The Gateway that the victims were on board parked at Moroto CPS this morning.

Dr. Moses Okwir, the Coronavirus focal point person at Moroto Regional Referral Hospital, said yesterday that the district health team acted on a tip off from concerned citizens about two women who entered into the country days ago, via Busia border.

Okwir revealed that they received information indicating that two ladies from Nairobi suspected to be infected with Coronavirus were heading to Moroto from Mbale aboard a Gateway bus destined to arrive around 5:00 pm.

Details of all other passengers who shared the bus with the three suspects have been taken and the district health surveillance teams have been activated for follow up.

The health team also says that where necessary, they also plan to evacuate one Health Facility for isolation/quarantine, should they continue receiving cases.

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Noah Omuya

Noah Omuya is the founder and CEO of Aica Media and a two time winner of the Media Challenge Awards (The best feature story writer- 2018 and the best Climate Change Photography Award- 2019). He has a bachelors degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University. He is also an alumni for; British Council Future News Worldwide Fellowship- 2020, Climate Tracker Energy Reporting Fellowship- 2020, InfoNile- Code for Africa Data Journalism Fellowship- 2020, the Media Challenge Fellowship, 2019 and British Council East Africa and Africa Writers Trust Master Class in Creative Writing- 2019. Omuya has specialized training in writing, strategic and multimedia communication, mainstream and online journalism, broadcast media and youth participatory radio, content development, and public relations. He is very much interested in sustainable development communication.

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