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Soroti varsity staff in self-isolation after research manager dies of COVID

RIP: Dr Loyce Okedi

RIP: Dr Loyce Okedi

At least 10 staff of Soroti University have gone into self-isolation after one of their colleagues succumbed to COVID-19.

The university spokesperson, Juma Hassan Nyene, says the decision to send the staff in self-isolation follows the death of Dr. Loyce Okedi after contracting COVID-19 as confirmed by a medical report. 

Dr. Okedi, who was manager research and innovation department at the university, breathed her last at Bethesda hospital on Monday this week.

Nyene says following Dr. Okedi’s death, staff expressed fears about their ability to do their jobs safely which prompted the university to send her suspected contacts into self-isolation as they monitor the situation.

He, however, says all the staff tested so far have tested negative. Soroti University has at least 200 staff.   

"We’re really at a very difficult time as a country since Teso region is beginning to lead with a number of cases. Most cases are local, they are within all the districts of Teso. So we have to continue being vigilant at a personal level, protecting yourself with a mask making sure that we calm down the pandemic," said Nyene. 

Dr. Wilson Etolu, the COVID-19 regional focal person at Soroti regional referral hospital described the death of Dr. Okedi as devastating. He decried the overwhelming number of people contracting COVID19, saying the figures are likely to increase unless people adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Already some 75 COVID-19 confirmed cases are receiving treatment at Soroti regional referral hospital quarantine centre while the contacts are quarantined in Kumi and Bukedea. 

Comments

+1 #1 Apollo Ekelot 2020-10-15 10:11
So sad, quite a resource lost! Peace to her family and the Soroti university fraternity.

A lesson to all Ugandans, Follow the medical guidelines for these reduce chances of you getting infected. Fare thee, well Doctor.
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+1 #2 kuku wazabanga 2020-10-15 16:47
May her soul rest in peace! But Ugandans should be serious about the SOPs.

I get very worried whenever I see gatherings of people without masks and not observing social distance. COVID is REAL
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+1 #3 kuku wazabanga 2020-10-15 16:52
RIP . but Ugandans had better get serious about COVID.

Many think it is a trick by government to stop the opposition from campaigning. COVID is REAL.

Keep social distance, Wash hands, wear masks, avoid crowds
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