Dr. Joyfred Kayiri, the In-Charge of health center, estimates that they have lost property worth over Shillings 200million. He says the fire also destroyed other items including freezers, computers and office documents.
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.
The fracas happened in Bunyiswa, Bwera Sub County, during the burial of a 54-year-old resident identified as Bwambale Franco Kabwangana, who died from Mayanja Memorial Hospital where he had been referred with hypertension and signs of stroke, and later tested positive to COVID-19.
The Rwenzori East police spokesperson Nelson Tumushime says the SOPs have become the first line of defence for slowing COVID-19 virus transmission but compliance has not been uniform among the population.
Dr. Edward Wefula the hospital medical superintendent says Kasese diocese has offered the former St Michael Kindergarten and Day Care Centre and Kasese Catholic Social Services Hall to accommodate the hospital.
It re-emerged in February, nine months after another outbreak in the same province was declared over. Eleven confirmed cases and one probable case resulting in six deaths and six recoveries were recorded in four health zones in North Kivu, from February 7, when the Ministry of Health announced the resurgence of Ebola in Butembo, close to the border with Uganda.
Masika was admitted to the hospital on November 26, 2020, after she was hit by a teargas canister during a confrontation between supporters of then-presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu and the police. Kyagulanyi was addressing a political rally in Kasese.
The Sub County with a population of 10,908 people has only a single health Centre II located in Mbuga parish. The sub-county also has only two government primary schools and lacking a single secondary school.