Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Health Minister Dr Florence Asiimwe says that most government health facilities in the region are not equipped with the necessary gear to protect themselves against such infections, despite working from the porous border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The lack of personal protection
equipment for health workers in Bunyoro region has triggered panic and discomfort
among leaders are residents.
They argue that in the absence of
garments to protect health care workers, many of them are exposed to hazards that put them at risk of
infection, as they face the frontline of the COVID-19 outbreak response.
Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Health
Minister Dr Florence Asiimwe says that most government health facilities in the
region are not equipped with the necessary gear to protect themselves against
such infections, despite working from the porous border with the Democratic
Republic of Congo.
Dr Asiimwe says that during her visit
to various health facilities in all the eight districts of Bunyoro sub-region,
she discovered that all the health facilities are ill-equipped and cannot ably attend
to COVID-19 cases. She points out health facilities like Buliisa Health Center
IV, Kagadi General Hospital, Kakumiro Health Center IV and Kibaale Health
Center IV among others.
Dr Asiimwe says that enough treatment
gadgets like gloves, facemasks, sanitizers, Infrared Thermometers should be
availed to the health facilities to protect the health workers against possible
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The call comes two days after one
person from Masindi district in Bunyoro sub-region tested positive to COVID-19
from random testing as part of the ongoing rapid assessment survey being tested
in Makerere University's laboratory. The rapid assessment survey was started by
the Ministry of Health to establish the level of community transmission of
COVID-19 in different parts of Uganda.
Dr Asiimwe cautioned the people
of Bunyoro especially those settling at the porous borders with DR Congo to
be vigilant and report any suspicious persons to health and security agencies.
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Buliisa District Health Officer
Dr Nelson Naisye acknowledges that most Health facilities in the district
especially the Health Center III’s are ill-equipped yet they are situated at
the porous border with DRC where the Congolese have continued to cross
and access health services from.
Naisye too challenges the
government to equip health facilities with enough COVID-19 treatment Equipment
to allow them to operate effectively.
Dr Patrick Baguma, the Acting
District Health Officer-DHO of Masindi also acknowledges that the situation at
most health facilities in the district is wanting, adding that some health
workers at the lower health facilities fear to operate without the necessary
protective gadgets like gloves and facemasks.
Kagadi District Health officer
says attention should not only be put on District hospitals but those at lower
levels must be considered with the necessary COVID-19 treatment gear. Uganda
currently has 85 COVID-19 confirmed cases.