has become the epicentre of Covid19 in greater Masaka region with at least 10
confirmed cases. Dr. Nathan Onyach, the Director Masaka Regional Referral
Hospital, says five cases came from Masaka central market, four from Masaka
District Local Government and one from the community.
the increasing Covid19 cases in Masaka to community complacency. At the onset
of the outbreak, Mutukula border became the hotspot in the region as several
truckers entering the country from Tanzania and Uganda tested positive for the
later spread to the communities in Mutukula, Kasensero landing site and Nangoma
Sub-county. By August, Mutukula had
registered 40 community cases, Kasensero 16 and Nangoma 11. However,
Onyach explains that since last month they have been receiving between 3 to 5
cases a week from Kyotera district.
that the numbers from Kyotera district reduced due to the decline in the number
of positive cases among Tanzanian truck drivers. He says currently Masaka has more cases
compared to Kyotera. According to Onyach, the easing of the lockdown forced people back to the urban centres leading to congestion, which is fueling infections.
‘Masaka Truly has……..
out………….the main one,”//
Dr. Onyach, a big number of patients in Masaka
Treatment centre came from the central market, which is congested and people are
more complacent about the disease.
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explains that the virus isn’t spreading as much in the rural areas due to the
absence of congestion except on market days. He commented about Tanzania’s on
out………….into the population,”//
Regan Mutebi, the head of Community Testing in Kyotera District, says they
stopped testing at Mutukula due to lack of cartridges for the Gene Expert
machine. He also says most of the trucks drivers are the very ones who usually
travel through Mutukula border post and have been tested several times.
‘People who travel……..
out………….in the region.’
Jjuuko, the In-charge of the Masaka COVID19-treatment Centre says that they are
on high alert to handle the increasing cases in Masaka and those coming from
other districts in the region.
Ssentongo, the Masaka Resident District Commissioner, argues that people are
deliberately refusing to adhere to the Standard Operation Procedures especially
physical distancing, washing hands and wearing masks.