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Bunyangabu COVID-19 Task Force Runs Out of Fuel, Calls For Community Support

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Dr. Richard Obet, the Bunyangabu District health Officer-DHO, says that due to the lockdown, patients or suspects cannot easily move to health centers for testing and treatment necessitating medical teams to pick them from their homes.
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Bunyangabu District has turned to the general public for support to facilitate its response to COVID-19 emergencies. According to the district force, inadequate funding is frustrating their efforts to reach out to suspected COVID-19 cases and follow-up on patients under the home-based care management.

 

The district has recorded an upsurge in the numbers of patients with over 110 positive cases recorded in the last two weeks and one death.  Twenty-one of the cases are health workers. Dr. Richard Obet, the Bunyangabu District health Officer-DHO, says that due to the lockdown, patients or suspects cannot easily move to Health Centers for testing and treatment necessitating medical teams to pick them from their homes.

He, however, says that the task force does not have fuel to respond to any emergency call. Obet adds that once a COVID-19 suspect stays longer in the community, their health condition can worsen and increase the spread of the virus.


 

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He says they have had a meeting and resolved to lobby for fuel from the general public, saying the fight against COVID-19 is for everyone.   

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Obet also decried the lack of PPEs, saying that the situation has exposed health workers to the infection.   

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Bunyangabu Resident District Commissioner, Jolly Tibemanya challenges the local community to support the task force and continue adhering to the standard operating procedure-SOPs to contain the spread of the virus.  He also told URN that security is also investigating a number of churches in the district reportedly operating at night.


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Annet Bazara, a local neighbouring Kibito health Center IV, said they are ready to support in kind. She, however, appeals to the government to support lower health facilities with testing equipment to enable timely response to patients.

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