Joseph Kamukama, the Wakiso Division Police Commander, notes that much of the distress calls are coming in through security system given the fact that the numbers shared by the Health Ministry were widely shared and are inaccessible easily.
The Novel Coronavirus
The Wakiso District Corona Taskforce is overwhelmed with distress
calls about suspected corona virus victims because of increased tension about
the pandemic. Most of the reported cases are of people who have just returned
from the Middle East countries. Several reports have been registered from
Senge, Kyengera, Nalumunye, Kira and Kakiri areas.
Mathias Lugolobi, the Wakiso District Health Officer, says that they have been
receiving a call at least every two hours from different communities reporting
suspected COVID cases. He says the calls have increased since government
announced eight new corona virus cases.
community is alert and every suspected case is reported to either our VHTs or
through security channels. From all parts of the district, cases are being
reported. Most of these are reporting people with suspected symptoms and others
are reporting someone in their community who has just come from overseas,"
David Ssekaboga, the Wakiso Deputy District Health Officer, notes that despite
the fact some are false alarms, the district has been responding to nearly all
the stress calls but are yet to identify potential suspects. "The public
seems to be more concerned and the district is now trying to increase its
surveillance capacity," he said.
Joseph Kamukama, the Wakiso Division Police Commander,
notes that much of the distress calls are coming in through security system
given the fact that the numbers shared by the Health Ministry were widely
shared and are inaccessible easily.
however, worried that police officers who have been responding to the cases
might be exposed as they don't have protective gears. "This is an
emergency, but we must serve when we are also safe otherwise when we contract
the infection we may become another source of the problem," Kamukama said.
Mathias Lugolobi, the Wakiso District Health Officer, said they are
incapacitated as far as logistics are concerned. "We would like to support
the police but even the district has no resources. Take an example, the
district currently has no ambulance, which can be used to move suspected
case," he said.
Luke Lokuda, the Wakiso Chief Administrative
Officer, notes that the district is trying to look for resources from the
Central government and implementing partners. "It is true that the
situation is so bad. We have talked to the Ministry of Health to come to our
rescue but nothing has come through yet. We don't have money and can't procure the
required items," said Lokuda.