The management of
Budaka Health Center IV in Budaka district has closed the outpatient
department and general wards over the increasing COVID-19 cases and deaths. It comes three days after four patients at the
health center, according to sources succumbed to COVID-19.
Dr. John Wogabaga, the In-Charge of Budaka Health Center IV, says that only the
maternity ward has remained open. He says that patients have shunned the health
facility due to the corona scare as two adults succumbed to COVID-19 in the
general ward and a pregnant woman died on her way to Mbale Regional Referral
According to Wogabaga, despite the rising number of COVID-19 patients, they
lack the necessary facilities like isolation unit, oxygen concentrators and
Personal Protective Equipment, which has made handling the cases a huge dilemma.
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As of today, the health center had registered 132 positive cases and 4 deaths. Nasur Masaba, the Budaka District Coronavirus Surveillance Officer told the
task force meeting last week that Budaka town council, Kamonkoli, Mugiti and
Kameruka sub-counties are hot spots for COVID-19.
Masaba warned that the
situation might escalate if residents remain adamant about the implementation of
SOPs especially during burials. Budaka Health Center IV receives between 500 to 800 patients with different
health complications daily.