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Kalangala Quarantine Center Closed Over Lack of Funds

Daniel Kikoola, the Kalangala Resident District Commissioner, says that by end of last month, the funds to maintain the centre had been exhausted.

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Kalangala District Taskforce has temporarily closed the quarantine center at Bishop Dunstan Memorial Secondary School due to lack of funds. 

In April, the district received 165 Million Shillings from the Ministry of Finance meant for surveillance, coordination, establishment of isolation centers and fuel allowance for the Task force members among other activities.

The Kalangala LCV Chairperson, Willy Lugoloobi, says that out of the money from the government, 40 Million Shillings was allocated to maintain the quarantine centre, feed suspects and also facilitate the five health workers and security officersat the facility. 

Daniel Kikoola, the Kalangala Resident District Commissioner, says that by end of last month, the funds to maintain the centre had been exhausted. At the time of the closure, there were no covid-19 suspects at the center.

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Kikoola says that due to lack of funds, the task force was forced to mobilize for food and other items from the community.

He, however, says the situation improved when the government released funds for the center.  

   

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Dr Godfrey Hadubi, the District Health Inspector, says that the center will be opened when more finds are released.   He says that Covid-19 suspects have been advised to self-isolate at home. 

 

The center opened in early April and so far 89 suspects had been admitted at the center.

They were contacts of Eng. Charles Banya Lwanga, who tested positive to COVID-19 after returning from the United States of America in March.

When Banya was referred to Entebbe Regional Hospital, the surveillance team traced all his contacts and took them for institutional quarantine.