Boniface Okanya, the Assistant Commissioner of Engineering and Mechanization in the Ministry of Agriculture noted that the ministry intends to build 18 more centres across the country beginning with four major including Dokolo, Masaka, Kiryandongo and Mbale districts.
Charity Martha Lutoto, the Female Youth District Councilor accused the chairperson of biased appointments for alleged failure to appoint someone to his executive from Bungokho South Constituency, which prompt her to shun the meeting.
Dr. Patrick Mutono couldn’t have any of this, saying that the Ministry of Health had informed them that they had delivered 8 ambulances to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital to support the management of COVID-19 cases.
The deceased include Woniye Bone,13 Mwaiyame Ivan 24, Mukwana Milton 12, Kakai Mutonyi 23 who died on spot and Nabaloyi Daisy 17, Mercy Mutonyi 14 who sustained injuries all residents of Busiu sub county in Mbale district.
Last week, the Mbale City task force threatened to close the market should the vendors fail to adhere to the presidential directive. Muhammad Wedala, a dealer in produces says that they were promised nets which they are yet to receive.
Addressing the District COVID-19 Taskforce on Friday, Kato revealed that they are currently depending on donations from well-wishers such as the Child Care Project-CCP, which gave them 100liters of diesel to enforce the guidelines.
David Kibosi, the officer in charge of Busano police station confirmed the manhunt for the suspects for their alleged involvement in the murder of their relative. He asked anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspects to report to the police so that they face the law.
Edward Nyongesa, the Mbale District/City Surveillance officer attributes the increasing death at the hospital to inadequate oxygen supply. He says on average at least four people succumb to the virus at the hospital each day.
Kapchorwa District LC V Chairperson, Evelyn Kubalika, says that the CAO tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday last week. She explains that when Kandole felt unwell, he decided to self-isolate but his condition deteriorated on Friday and was rushed to Mbale Regional Hospital where he was put on oxygen.
The city has registered 663 cases since the breakout of the pandemic. Of these, 545 have recovered, 118 still active, while nine lives have been lost within this month. But the task force says that they do not have enough money to run awareness campaigns and enforcement programmes that would help to keep coronavirus at bay.
Dr Emanuel Tugaineyo, the Director of Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, says that the oxygen plant broke down on Tuesday after being overstretched. He says the plant was working beyond its normal capacity because of the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.
According to the task force members, the clinic has been closed to allow investigations in the theft of the oxygen cylinder to flow smoothly. Some members said that there are several complaints of sneaking patients out from the hospital to the same clinic where some of the patients end up dying.
The council's financial officer Richard Mabala explains that the shortfall in the revenue collections was mainly caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. He says that the city was not able to collect revenue as anticipated at a time when businesses were closed, and the level of activity was suffocated.