Kenyan COVID 19 patient who escaped from Moroto Hospital handed back to Kenya.

By Godfred Eyoku

A Kenyan COVID 19 patient who escaped on Wenesday evening from the treatment centre in Moroto Regional Referral Hospital has been handed over to the medical authorities in Kenya.

The handover was decided after the patient insisted that she receives treatment from home in Kenya, where she hoped to receive better health care and proper feeding.

On Thursday 04th June, 2020, health authorities in Moroto raised an alert about the escape of a female patient from the treatment center.

She was later found at Lotome Sub County in Napak district and two boys whom she got in contact with have been put in isolation.

Upon interrogation, the patient disclosed that she escaped because she did not eat for almost three days and no one was bothered to look after them.

The 42 year old female is one of the three cases that tested positive of coronavirus in Amudat district on Monday. Moroto now has two cases receiving treatment at the hospital, and all in stable condition.

Peter Ken Lochap, the Moroto Resident District Commissioner, told Aica that they handed over the patient to Kenyan authorities at Alakas border point in Amudat district.

Moroto district health team handing over the patient to Kenyan authorities at Alakas border point, Amudat district.

Simon Nangiro, the chairman Moroto Municipal Development forum (MDF) says he visited the facility where COVID-19 cases are being treated from found that it was poorly cordoned.

Nangiro added that, the reinforcement is going on to avoid such mistakes from happening again.

Meanwhile, Aica has learnt that two more patients in the same facility attempted to escape but were intercepted before their move succeeded.

Uganda now has 557 registered cases of COVID-19, 82 recoveries and zero deaths.

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