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Kyotera District Closes Quarantine Centers Over Lack of Funds :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Kyotera District Closes Quarantine Centers Over Lack of Funds

The two institutional quarantine centres the district was operating in Nabigasa and Kakuuto sub-counties are currently closed; leaving the area with no facility where Covid-19 suspects can be admitted for monitoring.

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Kyotera District has closed the institutional quarantine centres over lack of funds.

Kyotera is among the border districts that were characterized under the category of high-risk areas that are still under lockdown due to the community’s susceptibility to coronavirus virus, presented by its proximity to Tanzania where community transmission is feared to be high. 

However, the two institutional quarantine centres the district was operating in Nabigasa and Kakuuto sub-counties are currently closed; leaving the area with no facility where Covid-19 suspects can be admitted for monitoring.

Dr Edward Muwanga, the Kyotera District Health Officer says the centres were closed due to lack of funds required to sustain their operations.  He says that suspects are instructed to undergo self-quarantine at their respective homes from where they are virtually monitored by the health workers.

Dr Muwanga explains that the 165 million shillings received from the government’s COVID-19 response budget got used up two months ago, leaving them without any other reliable source of funds.

 

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  Luganda   

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Dr Muwanga is afraid that they have run out of resources at a time when they are also registering growing trend of community complacency to the COVID-19 prevention measures which may retard their efforts towards averting the spread of the virus. 

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Luganda  

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Major David Matovu the Kyotera Resident District Commissioner and chairperson of the district task force says that they have informed the Ministry of Health about the challenge which they have promised to address.

He, however, adds that they are now focusing on conducting public sensitization on prevention approaches as well as intensifying operations to enforce the Standard Operating Procedures.

Uganda has of today registered a total of 1,267 COVID-19 positive cases, nine deaths, while 1,939 people are under institutional quarantine. 

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