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Speaking to Uganda Radio Network (URN), the Health Coordinator Kasana-Luweero Diocese, Rev. Fr. Peter Mukasa Masembe, said that they have started with the Heads of Departments (HoDs) including; Education, Youth, Communication, Caritas and Lay Apostolate among others.
22 Jun 2021 19:33
Fr. Peter Mukasa Masembe, the Kasana-Luweero Diocesan Health Coordinator gets tested for Covid-19

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Kasana-Luweero Catholic diocese in Luweero district has closed its offices and embarked on massive staff testing because of a surge in COVID-19 cases. 

The diocese has more than 100 staff members. Health workers from Bishop Ceaser Asili Memorial Hospital at Kasana started testing staff on Tuesday at the diocesan headquarters in an exercise expected to run for two days.

Speaking to Uganda Radio Network (URN), the Health Coordinator Kasana-Luweero

Diocese, Rev. Fr. Peter Mukasa Masembe, said that they have started with the Heads of Departments (HoDs) including; Education, Youth, Communication, Caritas and Lay Apostolate among others. 

According to Fr. Masembe, the community infections in Luweero are a cause of worry for the diocesan staff who always mix with residents necessitating the testing to know their status.  

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Some of the targeted staff say that they had not chanced an opportunity to know their status. Cathy Namulindwa, the Executive Secretary in the Diocesan Tribunal, says that she was hesitant to test. She, however, said that when the opportunity presented at the diocesan headquarters she had to take advantage.   

John Baptist Mpiima, who works with the Diocesan health department, says that some staff members had started presenting with simple Covid-19 symptoms such as cough & flu. Meanwhile, Rev. Fr. Cyril Kasigwa, the Diocesan Chancellor has in a June 21, 2021 letter, a copy of which URN has secured, ordered the closure of all offices.   

In the letter, Rev. Kasigwa only allows three offices including the Health Coordination office, the treasury and reception continue working. However, the offices will only open on Monday to Wednesday and will remain closed on the remaining days during the 42-day’s lock down announced by president, Yoweri Museveni.  

The remaining staff in the Education, Lay Apostolate, Pastoral and Project offices among others are to work from home. Luweero district has so far registered more than 119 community COVID-19 cases. Thirty of the cases have since recovered; seven are in isolation at the treatment center at Luwero hospital while two have died.

About 80 COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms were asked to self-isolate in their homes after receiving initial treatment, according to Dr. Innocent Nkonwa, the Luweero District Health Officer (DHO).

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