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Three COVID-19 Suspects Quarantined In Moroto

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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 is the founder and CEO of Aica Communications LTD, a Company that currently runs an online news publication (www.aica.co.ug) with a plan of beginning to print Magazines and a newspaper in Ateso language in 2020. He is a Media challenge Fellow- class of 2019 and he has specialized training in writing, strategic and multimedia communication, mainstream and online journalism from the Media challenge fellowship and Kampala International University, where he pursued his Bachelors of Mass Communication. At the age of 18, Omuya was a train-on-job employee with Joshua 93.5 FM where he acquired a three years’ demonstrable experience in broadcast media, content development, public relations and, marketing and promotions strategies for private businesses, public entities and non-profit organizations, as well as engaging with traditional media. He scooped a Media Challenge award for the best feature essay writer of the year 2018. He was also first runner up for the refugee broadcast story of the year, and second runner up for radio feature story teller. The Media Challenge Award qualified him to be part of the Media Challenge Fellowship, where he has got intensive training in solutions journalism, political reporting, investigative reporting, youth participatory radio, multimedia journalism, and data journalism. At the fellowship, he has been trained by international celebrated journalists from BBC, CNN, Reuters, AFP, NBS Tv, UBC Tv, NTV, New Vision, Daily Monitor among other recognized institutes. He also has hands-on experience in research, in different private organizations in Uganda; experience in media relations with regular assignments in field reporting, marketing and public relations.

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