The Acting District Health Officer Kabale District Alfred Besigensi revealed that only 23,979 which is 20% of the 120,000 targeted persons have received their first jab of the Hepatitis B Vaccine since the campaign reached Kabale in September 2020.
According to Lauben Kyomukama, the medicine and therapeutic committee chairperson of Kabale Regional Referral Hospital, the decision to suspend the use of the drug was reached this month following enough research about its (in)effectiveness.
Kamukira is the only health centre IV in Kabale Municipality, yet the area which has three divisions does not have a Health Centre III, which leaves patients with not so many options at their disposal. As part of the ongoing anti-corruption week, the Inspectorate of Government made an impromptu visit to the facility, to among others, review its services and operations.
Security and health officials argue that the hotels work normally during the day by serving food and soft drinks, but change the business into dancing clubs under the cover of darkness. Monalisa Lounge and Little Liz Hotel's reportedly play loud music at night and operates bars, despite the continued closure of bars.
Alfred Besigensi, Kabale District Health Officer says that the meeting could not be allowed to happen because his office is not aware if the members who were attending are registered, traditional herbalists.
Inmates appearing before the courts from police detention centres and remanded for the first time in Kabale, Rukiga, and Rubanda districts are taken to Rukiga or Rubanda prisons where they spend 14-days under surveillance and testing before they are transferred to Ndorwa Prison for remand.
Paddy Mwesigye, the Kabale District Health Officer in
charge of child maternal health who is also a member of the District COVID-19 taskforce told URN in an interview 2535 Moderna COVID-19 vaccines doses are over.
Pamela Kembabazi, the Rukiga District Senior Probation, and Welfare Officer says that 71 cases were recorded from July 2020 to July 2021. Kembabazi attributes the rising cases to the negligence of parents.
The operation under the command of Kigezi Region Field Force Unit-FFU Commander Henry Kisembo was conducted today in the suburbs of Bugongi and Mundeeba in Northern Division, Bicycle garage street and Kigongi streets in Central Division, Mwanjari cemetery business centre in Southern Division, Kabale Municipality and Kyobugombe trading centre in Kaharo sub-county.
Alfred Besigensi, acting Kabale District Health Officer confirms that they had projected to get 5,860 HIV victims but they were shocked when the number of victims went beyond up to 8,921, 52% more that was expected. However on a positive note, 99.9999% of them are already on ARV therapy.
Dr. Sophie Namasopo, the Director of Kabale Regional Referral Hospital who also seats on the task force, says the figures from Kabale create a false impression that they have lower COVID-19 cases. He cites the statistics issued last month indicating that Kabale was registering between 0-1 cases per day.
Peter Kibondo Rwakifari, the Rubanda Resident District Commissioner and District Health Officer, Abdon Birungi, says that whenever they have a COVID-19 patient pending transfer from Rubanda to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital, they first have to ring the hospital director to request an ambulance.
The health facilities are struggling to manage the patients at the treatment centre over shortage of drugs. The common drugs for treating COVID 19 patients are Azithromycin, Zinc, vitamin C and Vitamin D.
Bannet Mutekanga, a resident of Kishanje village in Butanda parish in Butanda sub-county, says that most COVID-19 patients placed under home-based care sneak out to bars and shops, which exposes other community members to infection.
In the past weeks, security personnel in the district have under criticism for brutalizing healthy workers. On Sunday night, a police officer who was enforcing curfew assaulted and injured Muhammad Byaruhanga, an orthopaedist at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital.
According to Byaruhanga, on his way, double cabin pickup vehicle registration number UG3314C that was being driven by a police officer he only identified as Julius emerged from behind and intercepted him along Bugongi road in Lower Bugongi ward, Northern Division, Kabale municipality.
Gilbert Mateeka, Rugarama Hospital Medical Superintendent says that he was last week intercepted by security officers who were on patrol in Kabale town while on his way driving to attend to a Covid-19 patient who is under Home Care Management.