The loss of three
local council chairpersons in Mukono municipality to COVID-19 has had an impact
on community surveillance. The three chairpersons succumbed to COVID-19 within
a period of two weeks. They are Angello Nsereko, the LC I chairperson of
Bugujju cell, George Ssekandi of Lweza cell and George William Ssekakubo of
to the second wave of the pandemic, the Mukono district COVID-19 task force
resorted to the training of Village Health Teams-VHTs and LC I chairpersons to
monitor and reported suspected COVID-19 death and the dead for examination
before they are buried.
The team in charge of examinations is overwhelmed by
the many COVID-19 cases.
Muhammad Wasswa Takwana, the LC I chairperson of Ggulu Cell A in Mukono Central
Division, says that the situation is out of their hands after seeing their
colleagues dying helplessly.
that much as they were tasked with the sole responsibility of reporting cases
in their communities, they are risking lives since the district surveillance
team cannot handle the surging cases.
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Mukono Resident District Commissioners’ office show that they have registered 568
positive COVID-19 cases and 24 deaths from April raising the figure to 30 since
the outbreak of the disease. Local leaders claim that many cases go unreported in their communities
especially in families that cannot afford ambulance fees to transport patients
to g hospitals in Kampala and Wakiso districts.
They say that the few who can access
facilities such as Mulago hospital and Namboole lack funds for treatment. Ibrahim
Kitenda, the LCI Chairperson of Ngandu village in Mukono Municipality, says
that two people succumbed to COVID-19 in small clinics.
several others are dying of the same due to lack of access to treatment
Although the district designated Mukono general hospital, Kojja Health
Center IV, Naggalama and Mukono Church of Uganda Hospitals to offer free COVID-19
testing for people with symptoms, many of those found positive are left to
return to their homes for self-medication.
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Dominic Muwuluzi, a resident of Namagunga in Nagojje Sub County is worried that
they get more cases in the district even after the lockdown. He says that most
of the issues mentioned by President Yoweri Museveni as part of the COVID-19
control measures have continued unabated. URN has also observed that many bars
and rest gardens operate freely with many people both day and night without any
The ban on Inter-district
travel is also being flouted by residents using small village paths and police
officers taking bribes to allow free movement while several other people are attending
burial and wedding ceremonies in big numbers.
Fatumah Ndisaba, the Mukono
Resident District Commissioner has acknowledged the gap between the task force
and security agencies in enforcing the guidelines and Standard Operating
Procedures-SOPs. Ndisaba urges the residents to avoid large gatherings to
protect them from infections.