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.
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
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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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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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.