The victims' parents say that the health workers were not readily available at the facility, but they interfaced with Kangawo, who offered to vaccinate them at a cost of 25,000 Shillings per victim, which they agreed to pay.
Speaking at the launch of the Field Epidemiology Training Program-FETP in Jinja city on Tuesday, Natalie, said that the US Center for Disease Control-CDC aims to empower frontline health workers with the required skills needed in response to epidemics and other related illnesses within their areas of operations.
The hospital is reported to have runout of azithromycin, Vitamin C and Zinc in early June this year and have not received supplies from national medical stores-NMS ever since. This has prompted patients to purchase them exorbitantly from private pharmacies.
On Tuesday afternoon, Dr. Florence Tugumisirize, the Director Jinja Regional Referral Hospital told journalists that Muwema was part of the staff contracted by the MOH to boost the human resource in their COVID-19 Treatment Unit-CTU in June last year.
Zamzam Nakyesa, whose relative is under home-based care, says that a health worker has only seen them once in two weeks. “My sister is asthmatic and she experiences frequent attacks, which makes her case complicated for us to manage. However, ever since the health workers came to inform us on how she had contracted coronavirus, they have never returned to check on her despite our frequent calls requesting for their intervention,” she said.
Trouble for Muwema started on Saturday evening when he allegedly parked his vehicle registration number, UBG 997H along Iganga road in the Southern division in Jinja city and turned up music where they partied and took beers together with 30 others.
A total of 32 COVID-19 patients were admitted to the hospital’s ICU between May 2020 and April 2021. Of these, 26 died while only six were successfully discharged from the facility, while three other lives have been lost since the outbreak of the second wave last month.
Ruth Namukuve, a health worker in Buwenge says that the supplies received from the district health officials are insufficient to effectively attend to the ever-increasing numbers of covid-19 suspects who seek services at the facility daily.
The Luuka district health officer, Christopher Wandira says that the maternity ward and laboratory will remain operational, however, members of the public have been advised to seek medical services from the lower health center IIs or Kiyunga health center IV.
Kayemba, who is vying for the Kigulu South Parliamentary seat as an independent is in self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 on October 30th, a day to the much anticipated presidential visit to Iganga to commission road construction projects.
Gad Rugajju, the Chairperson of Bugweri Covid19 Taskforce who also doubles as the acting Resident District Commissioner, says the samples of all staff were picked from Busesa health center IV before they were offered psycho-social support and directed to self-quarantine as they wait for their results.
Angom died on Monday morning. However, her body was still lying in the outpatient department by Tuesday afternoon. The deceased’s neighbour, Ruth Akello says Angom was bleeding profusely when she was rushed to the facility on Monday shortly before she was pronounced dead.