Bannet Mutekanga, a resident of Kishanje village in Butanda parish in Butanda sub-county, says that most COVID-19 patients placed under home-based care sneak out to bars and shops, which exposes other community members to infection.
Residents of Kabale district want the home
based care management for COVID-19 patients suspended. In late May, Kabale District
COVID-19 Taskforce rolled out the home-based care management for the management
of COVID-19 patients in their homes after running out of space at Kabale Regional
The move was also in line with the
Health Ministry’s directive that asymptomatic COVID-19 patients and those with
minor symptoms self-isolate and receive treatment in the confines of their
homes. Apparently, Kabale district has 206 COVID-19 patients. Fifty-five of
these are receiving treatment at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital while 151
are under home-based care.
However, residents want the home-based
care management for COVID-19 patients dissolved, saying it is very risky for
the remaining community members. Bannet Mutekanga, a resident of Kishanje
village in Butanda parish in Butanda sub-county, says that most COVID-19
patients placed under home-based care sneak out to bars and shops, which
exposes other community members to infection.
He also says that in some instances
people run away from the COVID-19 patients, which fuels stigma. Brian Tushabe,
a resident of Kibumba sub-county, says that what angers him most is seeing
health workers sending COVID-19 patients to self-isolate in their homes without
notifying local authorities to be extra careful. Tushabe says that by the time locals
discover that there is a patient in a village, they have got in contact with
him or access a home where he stays.
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William Ndamwesiga and Bruno Mwesigwa from Kyanamira sub-county and Northern
Division respectively want the government to an isolation Centre at Golf Course
Makanga in Makanga hill Central division for all COVID-19 patients other than
sending them home where they could potentially infect other people. They say
that it is becoming very difficult for COVID-19 patients to exercise self-control
and confine themselves as directed by health workers.
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Paddy Mwesigye, the Kabale district Assistant Health Officer in charge of Child
and Maternal Health who also doubles as the Secretary to the District Covid-19 Taskforce, says that suspending home-based care to establish more isolation
centers is impossible. He says that there is no manpower to run
new isolation centers given the high patient numbers.
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Last month, Kabale District COVID-19 Taskforce
officials admitted that some patients were sneaking out of their homes to bars
to drink alcohol.