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Kinyara Health Center III Reopened

The health facility that is located within Kinyara Sugar Works Company Limited premises and serves the company workers and the neighboring communities was closed on Thursday last week.
The Masindi Hospital COVID-19 Quarantine Center. Many COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the district.Photo by Emmanuel Okello.


Health officials in Masindi District have reopened Kinyara Health Center III that had been temporarily closed after eight health workers tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) at the facility.  

The health facility that is located within Kinyara Sugar Works Company Limited premises and serves the company workers and the neighboring communities was closed on Thursday last week.

Tension was high amongst the staff, residents and health officials in the district after results of 8 health workers at the health facility turned positive for COVID-19 prompting the District COVID-19 Task force to temporarily suspend operations at the health Center to avoid further spread of the virus. 

Patrick Baguma, the Masindi District Health Officer told Uganda Radio Network (URN) today that the health center has finally been reopened this morning after thorough disinfection of the whole facility had been  conducted. He says patients can now freely access the facility to get treatment since the place is now secure.

Baguma adds that the remaining staff who tested positive for COVID-19 have been told to report back for work in order to attend to patients.

According to Baguma, the 8 staff who tested positive for the pandemic are responding well to treatment at their homes under the COVID-19 home care management.

Geofrey Kahuma, the Masindi district Disease surveillance officer has called on patients accessing treatment at the health facility to strictly observe the COVID-19 standard operating procedures - SOPs.    

Dr. Enock Mbayo, the Kinyara Health Center III In-charge asked patients seeking medical attention at the facility not to shun it after the the confirmation of the pandemic.

Rose Kobusinge Kirabira, the Masindi Resident District Commissioner -RDC who is also the chairperson of district COVID-19 task force says ever since the second wave of the pandemic was reported in the district last week, they have intensified their surveillance adding that security is in full control of ensuring that the public enforces all the COVID-19 guidelines.     

Currently Masindi district is battling 14 COVID-19 cases that were all recorded last week.