Aceng who was assessing the COVID-19 situation in Masindi on Wednesday following a confirmed case says any health worker who will go on strike over lack of protective gear to treat COVID-19 patients must be dealt with accordingly saying this is a battle for survival not losing life.
Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng
has warned health workers across the country not to lay down tools to
protest the lack of personal protective Equipment - PPEs to respond to
saying it is unethical.
Aceng who was assessing the
situation in Masindi on Wednesday following a confirmed case says her
Ministry has received reports that some health workers were planning to
lay down tools over lack of COVID-19 treatment PPEs.
She made it clear that any health
worker who will go on strike over lack of protective gear to treat COVID-19
patients must be dealt with accordingly saying this is a battle for survival
not losing life.
The Minister says whereas the health workers are doing
a tremendous job of being at the forefront in the fight against COVID-19, they
must not be indisciplined. She says government need them alive and equally
government should not lose people because the health workers are striking and
have laid down tools because of lack of protective gear.
According to Aceng, lack of COVID-19 PPEs is a global crisis adding that the government of Uganda is
doing all it can to procure enough protective gear calling on the health workers to use the few available.
She says any protest by health workers over
lack of protective gear will not be accepted and tolerated by the government.
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Visiting the COVID-19 suspects at Masindi
Hospital Quarantine center, Aceng tasked them to be firm and strictly adhere to
the guidelines being issued to them by the health officials.
She promised the
COVID-19 suspects to be quarantined at various facilities in the district under government support.
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Addressing the Masindi COVID-19 Task force,
Aceng cautioned them to be united and do away with their individual differences
in order to deliver efficient services to the people of Masindi.
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She too warned the Taskforce to properly use
the shillings 165 million allocated to them in the fight against COVID-19 and
come up with appropriate and sufficient accountability.
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Dr. Aceng further saluted members of the armed
forces for the tireless service they are offering in the fight against COVID-19,
but asked them to be focused and guard against the pandemic.
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The Minister further ordered for the
immediate arrest of government officials who have adamantly refused to hand
over government vehicles to the Taskforce saying action must be taken against
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According to Aceng, Uganda as a country is
still in great danger given the porous border points that are facilitating more
cases into the country cautioning Ugandans who had started jubilating that the country has
managed to combat the disease to stop immediately and should be extra careful
and follow all the guidelines put aside by the government to combat the deadly
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Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the director general of
health services at the ministry of health cautioned the people of
Bunyoro sub region to be vigilant since they are at the porous border
point with the DR
Congo which is also struggling with the pandemic.
He challenges the local
council leaders to be on the look and report suspicious persons in their areas.
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Patrick Baguma, the Masindi District Health
officer-DHO says the district is faced with a lot of challenges like shortage
of personal protective Equipment that is leading to threats of sit down by some
health workers, Inadequate means of transport saying the Task force has only 5
Double cabin pickups and one operational ambulance.The vehicles are being used in surveillance,
transportation of suspects, health workers, patrols by security agencies,
transportation of patients among others.
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Baguma further explained that since the
COVID-19 case was confirmed in the district, 148 samples have been taken off
from suspects and have all tested negative.
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Speaking on behalf of the Masindi district LC5 Chairperson
Salama Kugonza, the secretary for Finance Masindi District local government applauded the ministry of health for
immediately responding to the Masindi COVID-19 confirmed case saying if the Rapid Assessment survey
team had not been sent on ground, many would have contracted the disease
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Last Saturday a 29-year old policeman in Masindi tested positive for the COVID-19 during the ongoing Rapid Assessment
survey introduced by the government. The patient has since been admitted at the
Hoima Regional referral hospital COVID-19 Treatment Unit.
As a result of the confirmed case, 104 Police
officers that have been manning Masindi central police station have since been
withdrawn, replaced and put under quarantine at the police barracks together
with their family members.
Masindi currently has five COVID-19
quarantine centers including Masindi hospital with 43 suspects, Masindi Public
primary school with 47 suspects, Masindi police barracks with 331 suspects,
Masindi Army barracks with 34 suspects and Kabalega secondary school which is
yet to receive any suspects.