Rev.Father Peter Wasswa, the Country Director of the polish Development Organization in Uganda told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that construction of the maternity ward by the polish embassy is in appreciation for the good reception the people of Nyabyeya and Masindi, in particular, offered to the polish refugees when they settled in the area.
The health workers said they couldn't continue handling patients especially those diagnosed with the deadly COVID-19 pandemic without Personal Protective equipment-PPE, because this exposed them to a greater risk of contracting the disease. The situation left many patients admitted at the health facility puzzled with no one to attend to them.
Most of the health workers who spoke to Uganda Radio Network on condition of anonymity noted that all the PPE including face masks, gloves and sanitisers that were given to them got used up two weeks ago and they cannot continue to attend to patients especially those with COVID-19 cases without the protective gear.
Patrick Baguma, the Masindi District Health Officer-DHO says that samples from the health workers were taken on Wednesday and on Thursday all the eight samples turned positive for COVID-19 prompting the District COVID-19 task force to temporarily suspend operations at the health Center to avoid further spread of the virus.
Dr Rogers Musinguzi, the Head of COVID-19 Case management team in Masindi district, told Uganda Radio Network on Monday morning that they are arranging to transfer the two senior health officials to either Entebbe hospital or Hoima Regional Referral Hospital COVID-19 Treatment Unit.
Richard Businge, the Kitanyata 2 village chairperson, says that Abigaba was first admitted in a nearby clinic before he was transferred to Masindi Hospital when his condition worsened where he died from.
Masindi district registered its first COVID-19 case on May 1,2020 after a police detective attached to Masindi Central police station tested positive for the Coronavirus during the Rapid Assessment survey conducted by the health ministry across the country.
The decision to turn the Female ward into the COVID-19 Isolation Center comes at a time when the Minsitry of health plans to have more COVID-19 Isolation centers across the country in anticipation of more COVID-19 cases around the country.
Dr. Patrick Baguma, the Acting Masindi District Health Officer-DHO, says following the confirmation of a case in the district, the Health ministry dispatched 660 COVID-19 Test kits to help them test some of the suspects more especially those at high risk.
Aceng who was assessing the COVID-19 situation in Masindi on Wednesday following a confirmed case says any health worker who will go on strike over lack of protective gear to treat COVID-19 patients must be dealt with accordingly saying this is a battle for survival not losing life.
Eriabu Komurubuga, a resident of Masindi town, says there is need for security to strictly enforce the stay home directive by the president. He faults security for laxity in enforcing Covid19 preventive guidelines in the district.
Dr Rogers Musinguzi, the Head of COVID-19 Case Management team in Masindi, says that given the big number of people who came into direct contact with the police officer, they have decided to use Masindi Public Primary school to accommodate COVID-19 suspects since the only one Isolation centre at Masindi hospital is not appropriate.
On Saturday, a police officer attached to Masindi central police station tested positive to COVID-19 during the ongoing health ministry community survey. He has since been transferred to Hoima Regional Referral hospital COVID-19 Treatment Unit.
The Masindi patient is one of the two people who tested positive to COVID-19 on Saturday bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 85 in the country. The other patient who tested positive is a 35-year old Kenyan male driver who entered the country through the Busia border.