Mukono CoU charges 40, 000 Shilling and the Mukono General Hospital charges 20, 000 Shillings per patient for the free kits that the government has supplied in order to decongest and speed up the process of identifying the positive infected persons.
According to reports, many of the staff at the hospital are scared of attending to patients due to the apparent increased risk of contracting the virus in the line of duty. On average, the hospital records ten positive COVID-19 cases each day.
This follows reports that the daily rate for patients that are critically ill and require admission into the intensive care unit ranges between two and five million Shillings which is unaffordable to most Ugandans on a daily basis. Reports also indicate that Ugandans are spending as much as 100 million Shillings to treat COVID-19 from private health facilities,
According to Mpuuga, since the new budget has not yet been executed, the 44.7 trillion Shillings budget for the financial year, should be adjusted through a motion of Parliament, to avail more funds for COVID-19 vaccine procurement, to remunerate the health workers, and facilitate the procurement of ambulances, drugs and oxygen among others.
Residents says they mix Aloe vera and fresh leaves of marijuana, avocado, mangoes with oranges, onions and ginger which they boil and give to any family member who has developed symptoms similar to those of coronavirus to drink.
Michael Longole, the Karamoja regional police spokesperson told URN that they have 68 people including teenagers in various police cells arrested during the implementation of Covid-19 guidelines across the nine districts of Karamoja.
In an eleven day’s operations that was concluded over the weekend covering nine districts in the region, NDA inspectors inspected 434 drugs outlets. The team recovered 171boxes of assorted government and prohibited drugs estimated at over Shillings 42million and are currently lying in the NDA offices in Arua.
More than 20 health workers in Busia district have tested positive for COVID-19 in Busia district. Six of the affected health workers are from Masafu General Hospital, twelve-12 from Buteba health center III and two from Busia health center IV among others.
Joshua Masereka, the Kasese Deputy Resident District Commissioner, says to limit the infections, they are trying to limit the time people spend on burials as a measure of enforcing the Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs.
Led by the Director of Western Ankole Civil Society Organization, Apollo Kakonge Lee, Engineer Generous Tugume, a lecturer at Kampala International University Ishaka Campus and Zadock Amanyisa, a reporter with Daily monitor targets to raise Shillings 5million.