Eighteen out of the 21
COVID19 suspects have been discharged from the institutional quarantine at
Sembabule School of Nursing and Midwifery in Sembabule Town council. The eight
were discharged after testing negative for the deadly virus.
Nickson Kabuye, the
Sembabule Resident District Commissioner and Chairperson of the COVID19
Taskforce, those discharged were cleared by the Uganda Virus Research
Institute-UVRI. According to information obtained by URN, five of the suspects
were returnees from the United Arab Emirates-UAE, four from Rwanda while five
are primary contacts.
Four others are
community members who were dragged to the quarantine when they presented with
symptoms akin to those of COVID19. Kabuye says their health team collected nose
and throat swab samples to UVRI Entebbe, which turned out negative.
Despite being released
from the isolation center, the group is afraid of stigmatisation by their respective
communities. One of the men discharged from the quarantine and resident of Lwemiyaga
Sub County has asked security to work out a plan to ensure their safety from
the community that is likely to receive them with a lot of suspicions.
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Cue out: ….was not real.”//
//Cue in: “twavudde e Dubai…
Cue out; ….ebeere y’amutindo.”//
Mathias Kintu Musoke, the Sembabule Deputy Resident District Commissioner, says
they will use their public health education teams to sensitise the public
against stigmatising those discharged from quarantine. Musoke has on the other
hand asked residents to remain vigilant and report any suspected cases in their
areas, saying there are several other UAE returnees still hiding in the
//Cue in: “kino ekiriwo leero….
Cue out; …..tuli wamu n’abantu.”//
On Friday, five new
suspects were admitted to the Isolation Centre on Wednesday. The World Health
Organisation recommends continuous follow up on all
discharged suspects to rule out possibilities of infection that went undetected.