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COVID-19: Kabale Residents Want Home-Based Care Suspended

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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.
An Isolation Unit at Kabale regional referral hospital

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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 Referral Hospital.   

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. 

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