The Tanzanian national had temporarily been isolated at an undisclosed facility as health workers waited for an ambulance to transfer him together with four others to Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital.
The health team at Kasensero taking samples from residents in a community COVID-19 testing exercise
Health officials in Kasensero
Town Council in Kyotera district have launched a manhunt for a Tanzanian national
who escaped from isolation after testing positive for coronavirus disease last week.
Tanzanian national had temporarily been isolated at an undisclosed facility as
health workers waited for an ambulance to transfer him together with four
others to Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital.
He is one of nine
people who tested positive for COVID-19 at Kasensero Landing Site during the mass
community surveillance program. But Dr Ronald Reagan Mutebi, the head of the surveillance program, says the patient had varnished by the time an ambulance
arrived to pick him and that their efforts
to trace for the patient haven’t yielded results.
the disappearance of the Tanzanian patient has triggered panic among residents
and local leaders, saying he may infect other people in the community.
The escape of the Tanzanian national is
being blamed on the absence of a treatment centre in Kyotera district. All COVID-19 patients from Kyotera district are transferred to Entebbe and Mbarara hospitals because the Masaka Regional Treatment Centre is filled to capacity.
Musa Bwanika Mutima, the
Kasensero Central Cell Chairperson says that by the time the Tanzanian escaped, the surveillance teams were still tracing the contacts of all the nine patients from Kasensero. He fears that he could have crossed back to Tanzania.
Maj. David Matovu, the
Kyotera Resident District Commissioner, says they are working with Police and UPDF
Marine to intensify patrols on Lake Victoria during day and night to stop Tanzanian
nationals who sneak into the district.