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A South Sudanese confirmed positive in Koboko district

By Gaaniko Samson Jerry

One new case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Koboko district of West Nile, Uganda.

This incident was confirmed to Juba Monitor by Koboko district residence commissioner Captain Yahaya Kakooza.

Kakooza said the victim is a South Sudanese who entered the country five days ago from South Sudan.

“His case was already in our isolation area in upper Primary school,” Koboko RDC disclosed.

He said good enough the person has been limited to the isolation centres that is why they are not worried so much saying the coronavirus victim is yet to be transferred to Arua referral Hospital for treatment.

Koboko RDC said these people entered from South Sudan to Uganda five days ago where they were picked and put under isolation.

“These people were two, their samples were picked for test and one person was confirmed positive,” he added.

Capt Yahaya called for vigilance among the people living in the boarder districts saying if they could have come and mixed with the community, COVID-19 cases would go high in West Nile including the refugees settlement because Koboko is near Yumbe district which has the largest population  refugees all over Uganda.       

He said when people enter Uganda from South Sudan and Congo, they are picked and put under isolation saying they have been managing the centre very well where all the way from 200 people at the centre it has reduced to eight.

The RDC urged the community to maintain social distance rules, wearing of facemask, avoid hand shaking and wash hands to prevent the spread of the virus in West Nile including refugee’s settlement.

It has brought the total of eight confirmed coronavirus cases in Koboko district. However efforts to get comments from Arua Health officer went unfruitful as he could not answer repeated calls. 

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