The decision to turn the Female ward into the COVID-19 Isolation Center comes at a time when the Minsitry of health plans to have more COVID-19 Isolation centers across the country in anticipation of more COVID-19 cases around the country.
Nurses and other health officials at Masindi General Hospital in Masindi.Photo by Emmanuel Okello.
District COVID-19 Taskforce has embarked on a process to turn Masindi
Hospital female ward into an Isolation center for the confirmed COVID-19 cases
for the district.
The ward is
currently shared by both male and female patients after the male ward
was also turned into COVID-19 quarantine Center.
to turn the Female ward into the COVID-19 Isolation Center comes at a time when
the Ministry of health plans to have more COVID-19 Isolation centers across the
country in anticipation of more COVID-19 cases around the country.
development being under taken by Masindi district COVID-19 Taskforce means that
in future COVID-19 cases in Masindi will be taken to Hoima Regional referral
hospital for further management when the female ward is also turned into an
Baguma, the Acting District Health Officer - DHO for Masindi district says they
are in a process of creating another access road to the Masindi female ward
since the ward will not be accessed using the main hospital gate of the Masindi
Hospital due to the need to isolate it from the main Hospital.
they are speeding up the process to avoid catching the Taskforce unprepared in case of confirmed cases in the near future.
On May 1,2020
a Police detective attached to Masindi Central police station tested positive
for COVID-19 during the ongoing Community Rapid Assessment survey being
conducted by the health ministry.
immediately transferred to Hoima regional referral hospital on May 2,2020 for
proper COVID-19 Treatment.
aftermath, all the 104 police officers who were manning Masindi Central Police
Station were replaced and quarantined at Masindi police barracks together with
their family members.
The patient was
discharged from Hoima Regional referral hospital COVID-19 Treatment Unit on
compelled the Masindi District COVID-19 Taskforce to establish five quarantine
centers in the district including Masindi Public Primary school, Kabalega
secondary school, Masindi Hospital, Masindi Police Barracks and Masindi Army
Barracks with a total of 456 suspects quarantined in the five centers.
were altogether discharged on May 18,2020 after undergoing the 14 days of mandatory period for Coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19.