Bukedea district records positive case of COVID-19


By Our Reporter

It was a silent day in Bukedea district as a coronavirus positive case was picked by the team from the Ministry of Health.

According to the district coronavirus task force, the victim arrived to Bukedea 3 days ago.

Samson Ikodet, the Bukedea District Health Officer explains that the business man tested for COVID-19 at Elegu border on the way from South Sudan on Wednesday and was allowed to proceed to Bukedea as the results were being are obtained.

Ikodet adds that when the results were found positive, officials from Ministry of Health alerted the district task force. He was picked at 5pm on Saturday and a search for his contacts has commenced.

“We have so far picked more than 13 people who came into contact with him and we have put them under quarantine,” Ikodet said adding that the victim has 3 homes, including Kotiokot village, Kabarwa sub county, Bukedea town and another in Kumi.

According to Ikodet, the patient has not been to his village home for the last two months but they were able to get in touch with his family members from Kumi and Bukedea who have been put under quarantine.

The patient is currently admitted to Mbale Clinical Research Institute.

Adong Roseline, the Chief Administrative Officer, Bukedea district has appealed to whoever came into contact with the patient to voluntarily come for quarantine adding that the task force won’t rest until all his contacts are picked.

Adong added that the victim is not a truck driver as it has been reported but a business man.

The case is among the 43 cases that were announced on Friday by the ministry of health. Uganda’s coronavirus cases stand at 227 as of May 16, 2020.