Emmy Mitala, the Mayuge Resident District Commissioner, says the security officers attempted to disperse the revellers peacefully but they switched off power and started pelting them with stones. According to Mitala, the officers retaliated by firing live ammunition in the air but a stray bullet hit Ponde in the chest.
Dr. Balonde died on Monday evening in the Non-Communicable Disease's unit of Jinja Regional Referral Hospital following his admission on Friday due to a long battle with diabetes and hypertension. He was later moved to the intensive care unit after testing positive for COVID-19.
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.
Brian Kisembo, the Covid-19 Incident Manager in Kabarole and Fort Portal City says over 200 people have contracted the virus in the two areas even though 90 have since recovered. On Monday, the Ministry of Health confirmed 55 new cases in Kabarole, which is the highest number that has ever been recorded in the district.
The deceased’s husband Badiru Watongola, who doubles as the Kamuli municipality NRM chairperson told URN in a phone interview that his wife breathed her last around 11:30 am Saturday morning. He said that the deceased legislator was admitted with breathing difficulties and they are yet to confirm whether she succumbed to COVID-19 or some other illness.
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.
Murungi Monica, the Ibaale HC II in charge, notes that at on several occasions they have been forced to use their own money to buy things like gloves and masks because they last received a consignment from National Medical Stores -NMS about two months ago.
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.
Although the facility was disinfected on Monday evening and Tuesday morning, patients and their attendants started fleeing it for fear of contracting Covid19. As a result, management temporarily relocated some of the patients to the outpatient department. However, most of them opted to seek medical services from lower health facilities.
According to the hospital director, Dr Alex Adeko, the health facility ran out of masks at the beginning of this week due to their high demand by the health workers who are handling overwhelming numbers of patients from the eight districts in the Tooro sub-region.
Some of facilities for sanitizing hands provided at different wards lack constant water supply and soap, which denies people from washing their hands routinely. Also health workers, patients and their attendants don’t adhere to the guidelines requiring them to wear face masks, which increases their chances of contracting and spreading Covid19.
Kadaga, who was speaking at the launch of the distribution of government face masks in Kamuli district on Saturday said that most communities have abandoned the presidential directives on social distancing and handwashing, putting them at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 in case of an outbreak.