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Sister Mildred Ategeka, a nun attached to Good Samaritan Sisters and one of the administrators of the Home notes that they have had numerous cases at the centre. She, however, says that currently four elderly people and one staff member are battling the virus.
Mapeera Bakateyamba’s Home
The Coronavirus disease-COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on the elderly, poor, destitute and disabled persons leaving in Mapeera Bakateyamba Home in Nalukolongo. Rev. Fr. Dr. Pius Male, the Chancellor of Kampala Archdiocese, says that although the highly contagious virus didn’t spread to the charity home in the first wave, the second wave is spreading like a wildfire.  



According to Dr. Male, the virus has claimed three people in the home and left several others hospitalised in critical conditions in the last few weeks. “The Archdiocese is doing every possible to ensure that those who are infected are treated and limit the spread of the virus within and from outside. We have established an isolation unit at the centre. The staff some of, which are medics are trying to arrest the situation and for the moment we have closed the facility to outsiders and also halted admission of new people,” says Dr. Male.



Sister Mildred Ategeka, a nun attached to Good Samaritan Sisters and one of the administrators of the Home notes that they have had numerous cases at the centre. She, however, says that currently four elderly people and one staff member are battling the virus. “The situation has been bad, our older people and staff have been contracting t COVID-19. We think the infection could have come along with non-residents who usually come here seeking help,” she said.

Given the fact that the elderly people in the nursing home are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 due to their age and comorbidities, the administrators of the home had stopped visits to limit the possibility of infections. URN has learnt that many vulnerable people would often storm the home in search of food and other basic needs and the nuns would allow them into the home out of sympathy.

  “You can’t see those older people in the gate looking for what to eat and you ignore them. Observing Social distancing and other SOPs, we could allow them in and we share the little we had,” Sr. Ategeka added. Besides the infections, the charity home has been greatly affected by the effects of COVID-19.

 For instance, Ategeka notes that they have registered a reduction in donations to the home, which form the bulk of support for the home. With some of the infected persons being cared for under the home-care Programme, the employees are also at risk of infection due to lack of Personal Protective Equipment-PPEs.  

 

To arrest the situation, Dr. Andrew Ssekitoleko, the Health Coordinator Kampala Archdiocese who also doubles as the Executive Director Lubaga Hospital notes that they have prioritized the issues at the diocese. 

“Apart from treatment, we have provided the centre with of PPEs. I personally trained both the medical and non-medical staff on how to protect themselves while caring for those infected. This is in done in addition to other standard operating procedures put in place some of which are specific to the home,” said Dr. Ssekitoleko.  

He says that they have also provided COVID-19 testing kits for the home to enable them to conduct regular tests on-site for early detection of infections among other interventions.  Mapeera Bakateyamba’s Home is a charity home for elderly and disabled people. It was founded by the late Emmanuel Cardinal Emmanuel Nsubuga in 1997

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