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Covid-19 Patients Shun Admission Into Health Facilities In Yumbe

A resident undergoing immunisation against Covid-19 in Yumbe

BY GERALD ALIKU            


Health workers in Yumbe district are facing resistance from the community in managing Covid-19 patients with many people regarding the pandemic as a simple flue.

According to the health workers, often times when they recommend Covid-19 patients for isolation and referral, the patients and the relatives sometimes reject the recommendations.

“Much as people have negative attitudes towards testing for Covid-19, we now fear for our lives. If a client is tested positive, such a client sometimes runs away from the facility and we fear to follow such a person in the community because they may attack us as they don’t believe that Covid-19 exists,” Vivian Lenia, the Infection Control focal person at Barakala health centre said.

She said as a result of the poor attitude, many people are shunning government health facilities for fear of subjecting them for Covid-19 tests but they resort to getting medical care in the private clinics, drug shops and witch doctors.

According to her the negative attitude towards observance of standard operating procedures and treatment of Covid-19 is the reason Yumbe district has high prevalence rate of infections.

The average Covid-19 positivity rate in Yumbe district is 8.9% which is drop from 14.1% from last week but still higher as compared to the national average figure of 6.2%.

The current cumulative Covid-19 positive cases stand at 726 with 66 active cases at Lokopio treatment unit and 154 active cases at home based care, while the number of recorded deaths has risen to 19.

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