Four-year-old baby succumbs to Covid-19 in Pader

A four-year-old boy in Pader district has succumbed to coronavirus disease (Covid-19). The minor reportedly died on Thursday night from their home in Lubiri village in Atanga sub-county.

Kizito Omoya, the Pader district surveillance officer says the boy’s test result conducted using the Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) turned positive for the virus on Thursday at Atanga health center III where his parents had taken him.

He however notes that since he had not shown any severe signs and symptoms, medics recommended home-based care treatment as per the health ministry policy. Omoya says they received reports that his condition however deteriorated at night before he passed on.

He says his team are visiting the home where the child died to ascertain the exact cause of his death.

Omoya notes that the district also lost another lady to the virus on Thursday night at Gulu Regional Referral hospital Covid-19 treatment centre.

The deceased, a resident of Ogonyo village in Puranga sub-county was reportedly also undergoing home based care treatment. Omoya says when her condition deteriorated, she was evacuated to the Gulu Regional Referral Hospital but died from the facility since there wasn’t any space at the Intensive Care Unit-ICU.

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The acting District Health Officer Dr Ana Apio declined to comment on the matter citing she only speaks with authorization from the Chief Administrative Officer.

Pader district has now registered six Covid-19 death cases with a total of 491 cumulative positive cases out of 6,980 samples tested since the outbreak of the virus in March last year.

By Thursday, a total of 118 Covid-19 patients were undergoing home-based care treatment in the district.


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