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Three More COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Kasensero, 91 Contacts Traced

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Dr Ronald Reagan Mutebi, the head of the mass community testing exercise says they have registered a cumulative total of 12 COVID-19 patients. Four of the patients were transferred to Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital and another four to Mbarara Hospital while the Tanzanian national who tested positive is still at large.
04 Jun 2020 16:23
Health official examining medical records of patients from Kasensero. photo by Davis Buyondo
Three more cases of coronavirus disease have been recorded in Kasensero town council,  Kyotera district as part of the ongoing mass community testing exercise.  The three are part of 2,866 people who have been tested since May 19, 2020.

The new cases bring to nine, the number of females who have tested positive for the disease. There are also three male patients. 

Dr Ronald Reagan Mutebi, the head of the mass community testing exercise says they have registered a cumulative total of 12 COVID-19 patients. Four of the patients were transferred to Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital and another four to Mbarara Hospital while the Tanzanian national who tested positive is still at large. 

The Kyotera District COVID-19 task force is still stranded with the three female patients due to lack of a treatment centre or isolation unit at Kasensero landing site.  The Treatment centre in Masaka is filled to capacity and can’t take in more patients, while Mbarara treatment centre is equally full.

Meanwhile Kyotera District COVID-19 Taskforce has managed to trace 91 contacts of the confirmed COVID-19 patients. The suspects, whose samples have been dispatched to Mutukula for testing, have been asked to self-isolate. 

Charles Njuba, the Kyotera District Vice-Chairperson says they are supporting the health team to locate the contacts of the patients to contain the spread of infection. Kasensero and Nangoma are considered high-risk areas because of the cross border movements by residents who sail to Tanzania for business.

Maj. David Matovu, the Kyotera Resident District Commissioner, says the relentless floods triggered by heavy rains are still a challenge to the mass testing exercise. He says Kasensero-Kyapa road, which connects to Mutukula highway and Kyotera town is cut off since February.