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