No resident is using a facemask at Lufu and Yuwe islands, which are located between eight and 10 kilometres from the main island of Buvuma. They still meet in groups, for drink ups and other social gatherings, with no physical distancing measures and no fear of a possible outbreak of coronavirus disease.
Residents at outlying islands of
Buvuma district are reluctant to
implement any of the measures put in place to control the spread of COVID-19.
No resident is using a facemask at Lufu
and Yuwe islands, which are located
between eight and 10 kilometres
from the main island of Buvuma.
They still meet in groups, for drink ups and other social gatherings, with no
physical distancing measures and no fear of a possible outbreak of coronavirus disease.
Three of the pharmacies in the area have placed
handwashing stands at the entrance. But their use is not mandatory and people
pass by without using them, as both area residents and leaders seem unbothered about
the disease which has paralyzed almost every corner of the world.
The Officer in charge of the area police
post, Peter Ndhokomoror says
that authorities have constantly sent reminders to the population in the area
to take caution in vain. Lufu island has a population of about 2,000
Eleazor Gonja, a resident and member of the
Village Health Team -VHT at Lufu says most of the residents are jobless which
makes enforcement of some of the guidelines impractical. He pointed out the use
of facemasks as a cost many would love to avoid.
in; “Nga bwomanyi…
Cue out…tukoze ogwaffe.”//
At the other island; Yuwe, with a population of
1000 people, youths are
seen in groups playing cards and other table games. Those who talked to Uganda Radio Network stated
that COVID-19 is the least of their worries because they were unsure about its
existence, especially in their community.
The LCI Chairperson of Yuwe
island James Wabwiire says they agreed with the community to avoid new entrants
at their island and allow
locals to live a normal life.
However, URN learnt that several boats transport traders from the same island to Jinja and Mukono districts from where they purchase goods and return
to the same area, exposing themselves to the risk of infections.
Recently, a joint committee of
RDC’s from within the
districts of Mukono, Buvuma, Jinja and Buikwe agreed to set up screening centres
at the major landing sites of Masese, Kiyindi, Ssenyi, Katosi and Kikongo to
examine people travelling to the scattered islands. However, none of the screening points is currently
Buvuma Deputy Resident District
Commissioner Juma Kigongo says
that the task forces of the various districts around Buvuma lack funds
to maintain the screening centres yet monitoring residents at different
islands also remains expensive. He says
they are negotiating with higher authorities to increase security and enforcement.
//Cue in; “I am also…
Cue out…of healthy guidelines.”//
Buvuma County Member of Parliament Robert
Migadde faults the government
for abandoning island districts yet they share common borders with countries like Tanzania and Kenya where COVID-19 INFECTIONS were
reported to be on a spiralling trend.