At least 45
students from two schools in Masaka district have tested positive for the
The affected students are mainly from the boarding
section. Dr. Nathan Onyach, the Director- Masaka Regional Referral
Hospital, says the students are admitted at the COVID-19 Treatment Centre.
Onyach says the
surveillance team is still tracing all contacts to contain the spread of the
virus. He further attributes the infections to failure to observe the Standard
Operating Procedure (SOPs) at school.
He, however, says there is no need to
close the affected schools since the patients are already admitted and
receiving treatment at the hospital.
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Onyach also reveals that 16 health workers are under self-isolation and are being
monitored from their respective homes.
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He says the COVID infection has reached stage four where it may be difficult to
trace the contacts and urges the school administrators and learners to be more
responsible by adhering to the SOPs.
Dr. Mark Jjuuko, the In-charge of the COVID-19 Treatment Centre, the majority
of the students are improving and will be discharged soon as they recover.
Jjuuko explains that they have withheld the names of the schools where the
learners are from not to cause alarm.
Mulindwa, the Masaka Deputy District Education Officer-DEO, says that they have
a task force team that keeps monitoring the schools in a bid to enforce the SOPs
for the good of the learners.
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However, the administrators of the affected schools have said they have
improved on the enforcement of SOPs to avoid more infections.