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