President Museveni further reminded the public to keep observing the SoPs; wear masks, wash and sanitise hands and observe social distance among other measures to control covid 19 approved by the ministry of health.
At least 17 health workers in the district hospital tested positive out of the 79 samples taken last week. another 11 tested positive from Morulem Health Centre III. The 28 are all said to be contacts of a midwife attached to Morulem Health Centre who was admitted to Abim Hospital, while in labour.
The resolution was made after some of the staff from Moroto district tested positive to the virus.
Joseph Lomongin, the Chief Administrator Officer Kotido said the water department shall remain closed for several days as the taskforces seek resources for fumigating the department.
Another 46 people have been treated and discharged with similar symptoms, according to health authorities in the district. 11 of these are still receiving treatment at Kanawat and Kotido Health Centre IV where the district authorities have established treatment centres. However, the health ministry had not confirmed an outbreak of Cholera in the district.
One more person has died of cholera in Moroto bringing the death toll in the district to three. Charles Onyang Omuudu, the acting Moroto District Health Officer, says Loduk died on Wednesday afternoon shortly after being rushed to Loputuk Health Centre III.
The Moroto District COVID-19 Taskforce gazetted Nadunget Health Centre III and Nadunget Senior Secondary School as quarantine centres in the district. The two centres are less than 1 km apart along the Soroti -Moroto Highway.
In Gulu, Martin Oringa, the Disciplinary Chairperson of Gulu City Boda –Boda Association says that they have banned the cyclists from carrying more than one passenger which could expose them to contract the virus.
Josephine Anying, the Communication Officer of St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor told URN in an interview that though Dr. Opira has not shown any sign of COVID -19, his isolation is a mandatory pre –cautionary measure directed by the Ministry of Health.
Soon after, news emerged that the joint venture between Finasi and Roko had collapsed. Reports indicate that the Italian investor Enrica Pinetti had edged out ROKO Construction Company in favour of China power. Roko has since secured an interim injunction from the High court stopping its ejection.
Uganda has previously battled Ebola in two different occurrences, the worst being the 2000 outbreak in which 224 lives were lost and another 425 people infected. The other outbreak was in 2007 in Bundibugyo district where the country lost 37 people while the third outbreak involving three members of the same family was confirmed last week.
“A cumulative total of 96 contacts to the confirmed cases have been listed. We followed up 86% , that is 83 of the 96 contacts in Kagando, Bwera and Mpondwe. Five new contacts were listed, and 2 alerts were received today. One alert was investigated within 24 hours and the other will be investigated today. No suspect case was identified through the health facility and community active case search,” the report reads.
During a meeting held at Bwera Hospital in Mpondwe-Lhubiriha Town Council on Wednesday, Tshapenda argued that DRC has developed expertise and experience in managing Ebola and thus it was within the best interest of the patients to be repatriated to the DRC. Tshapenda says the patients will have an opportunity to receive treatment from their specialized unit at Beni which has a capacity of 60 patients.
According to Jimmy Opigo, the Acting Commissioner Health Services, Ministry of Health, they are switching beyond focusing on killing mosquitoes, to focusing on individuals to adopt practices which keep them safe from malaria-like constant and correct use of mosquito nets, sleeping in houses with screened windows, early detection of malaria and testing before medication.
The deal involves a Tel Aviv Stock Exchange-listed firm Together Pharma Limited, which produces and exports medical cannabis around the world. The firm is working with a Ugandan company; Industrial Hemp Uganda Limited, which is linked to former Bunyaruguru County MP Benjamin Cadet.
Kiiza Africa, the Programmes Officer at SEATINI, said a Cost Benefit Analysis will give a way forward on ascertaining the strengths and weaknesses of the project, how and whether Uganda will benefit from it.
The World Food Program (WFP) has said it will engage the Turkish company Demirpolat Group which supplied Super Cereal that is suspected to have led to an illness in areas of Amudat and Napak districts.
This follows reports that three people died from Matany Hospital, Napak District on March 16, and two others from within the communities, as a result of complications developed after consuming the food. Reports indicate that a total of 262 people had developed mental confusion, high fever and abdominal pain after consuming the same food within a space of one week.