A team of District health
officials has been dispatched to Zengebe landing site in Nakasongola district
to investigate a family that has been quarantined over a suspected
The family of six, which was travelling
from Kenya to Kampala, was intercepted by Policemen immediately after docking
at Zengebe landing site on Sunday.
Savannah Regional Police
Spokesperson Isah Ssemwogerere says that Police acted after receiving information
from authorities in Amolatar district, that one of the members of the family had
symptoms of coronavirus, an infection which spreads primarily through droplets
of saliva or discharge from the nose.
Ssemwogerere says that after
being intercepted, the family was quarantined in a tent and Health workers were
called to assess the patients.
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Dan Muganga, the Nakasongola
Resident District Commissioner says that a team of health officials arrived at the
landing site on Monday morning to assess the suspected patient. The RDC has
also called for a meeting of the District Coronavirus task force later today to
discuss measures of enforcing Presidential directives and prevent the spread of
Nakasongola District Health
Officer Dr Agaba Byamukama confirmed the matter but says a team of health
workers is still on the ground assessing the suspected patient.
A worker at the MV Kyoga who
declined to be named said, as a result, they have introduced handwashing
facilities for travellers to wash hands before boarding.
More than 14,500 people have died
from COVID-19 across the World. An estimated 98,000 of the 336,000 people who
have been diagnosed with the disease across the world have recovered, according
to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. Uganda registered its first case
of coronavirus on Saturday.