COVID-19: 33 Cases Confirmed in Uganda

 
 
 

 

KAMPALA

The Health Ministry has confirmed three more COVID19 cases bringing to 33, the number of corona virus patients in the country.

"Out of 203 samples that were tested today (Sunday), 3 were confirmed positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of cases in Uganda to 33," said the Health Minister, Dr. Ruth Aceng on Sunday evening.

She urged Ugandans to adhere to the prevention guidelines issued by the Ministry to interrupt the spread of the virus.

Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services in the Health Ministry, says all confirmed cases are stable and receiving treatment at four health facilities.

"All confirmed cases are stable at Mulago National Referral Hospital, Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital, Adjumani General Hospital and Hooks hospital,” he said.

Adding that, “Contrary to various social media posts, Uganda has not registered a COVID-19 death.” There is a reported increase of COVID-19 cases worldwide.

Over 685,000 people have been infected with COVID with over 2,000 cases coming from Africa. Within the East African bloc, 149 cases have been confirmed, majority of which are from Rwanda with 60 cases. Tanzania has the least number with 14 cases.

 
 

Two Buses Intercepted on Suspicion of Carrying COVID-19 Suspects

 
 
 
 

MOROTO

Two Gateway buses destined for Moroto from Kampala were by intercepted Police and Health authorities on suspicion on Sunday of carrying passengers who entered Uganda from Kenya’s capital Nairobi without being screened.

The two buses were intercepted by the police at Iriri Trading Centre in Napak district and led to Moroto Regional Referral hospital. All passengers were subjected to screening from Corona Virus at Moroto Regional Referral Hospital in an exercise that ended around 10: 00 pm.

Dr. Moses Okwir, the Coronavirus focal point person at Moroto Regional Referral Hospital, says they acted on a tip off by concerned citizens. He says they received information indicating that two ladies from Nairobi suspected to be infected with corona were heading to Moroto from Mbale aboard a Gateway bus destined to arrive around 5:00 pm.

"It’s a normal procure and there is no cause for alarm," he said at the screening point inside the hospital. PRIME RADIO established that over 100 travellers were screened. A health worker told PRIME RADIO on condition of anonymity because she is not allowed to talk to the media that three passengers have been isolated.

The source said two are female from Nairobi while the third person is a Ugandan. Dr. Okwir could neither confirm nor deny the information. “We shall give details of the exercise tomorrow (Monday),” he said. There was heavy police deployment at the hospital under the command of Moroto District Police Commander, Jude Nasucha.

Uganda tightened security at its borders on Saturday to control entry of foreign nationals in an attempt to contain the spread of corona.

 
 

Man Kills Brother in Quarrel Over Mango Tree

 
 
 

 

LAMWO

Lamwo police are holding a man accused of killing his brother in a dispute over a mango tree.

38-year-old Walter Nyero Rwakasule, a resident of Tadi Central Village, Wantit Parish, Padibe East S/County was arrested for killing his brother, Martin Origa who accused him of cutting down a mango tree on Sunday night.

It is alleged that Nyero picked up a hoe and hit Origa on the head killing him instantly.

Churchill Obita, the Gombolola Internal Security Officer-GISO Padibe East Sub County, says Nyero surrendered to him around 3AM in the wee hours of this morning after realising his brother is dead.

Obita says he handed over Nyero to Padibe town council police station.

The Aswa Rover Pegion Police Spokesperson, Patrick Jimmy Okema, says they have opened a murder case against the suspect vide CRB 54/2020.

He says scene of crime police officers have also visited the scene of crime to gather evidence and handed the deceased’s family to his relatives for burial.

 
 

Dokolo Technical School Designated Corona Isolation Center

 
 
 

 

DOKOLO

Dokolo Technical School has been designated to host an isolation center for suspected corona virus patients. The decision was reached in the Dokola District Corona Virus Task Force meeting following the realisation that self-quarantine isn’t working.

Dokolo Technical School was selected because of its standard cubic rooms in the boy’s hostel and apartments in the girl’s dormitory, where the suspects can be contained safely. There are 12 people in Dokolo district, said to have returned from high risk countries.

The suspects have been under self-quarantine in their respective homes under close monitoring by Health officials. Lawrence Egole, the Dokolo Resident District Commissioner who doubles as the District Corona Virus Task Force Chairperson believes that isolating the returnees in one place will reduce on stigma and ease close monitoring.

He however, says the Dokolo District Corona Virus Task Force is still ill-quipped in the event that there is an outbreak.

Dr. Samuel Ojok, the Dokolo District Health Officer urged the Task force to be vigilant and focus on their safety first as they do the work. He also stressed the need to always wash hands with clean water and soap, saying that some people have only provided water without soap.

Isa Mboge, the Dokolo chief Administrative Officer, acknowledged the fact that the district has lacks medical supplies due to the small budget for primary health care, which he says “isn’t sufficient.”

The Task force team is supposed to reach out to lower local governments to ensure they are vigilant and report any suspicious cases. At least 24 people were arrested in Dokolo district and accordingly cautioned for defying presidential directive on holding a large gathering.

 
 

Ntungamo LCV Chairperson Faulted for Allocating Land to Microfinance Support Centre

 
 
 

 

NTUNGAMO

Ntungamo District councillors are up in arms with the District LCV Chairperson for allocating land to the Micro Finance Support centre without council approval.

The one-acre piece of land is located in Kagarama town council, Rutunguru ward.

The land in question was requested for by the micro Finance Support centre from the district to set up a Demonstration Rabbit Farm, a request that was approved by the Chief Administrative Officer.

Naboth Mpirirwe, Ntungamo sub-county District councillor, says that rules of procedure authorize the district council to approve the allocation of any public asset and not only the Chairperson.

Ronald Bukenya, the District Councillor Eastern Division, says that giving out public land without council approval is tantamount to corruption and the chairperson is to blame.

Elijah Atuhaire, the District Speaker says although the Chief Administrative Officer is the custodian of public property, the council has all powers to approve any give out for use.

Denis Singahache, the Ntungamo LCV Chairperson, says that the request was approved by the district executive committee. He says that the Micro Finance Support centre was given the land with an option of renewal after five years.

Hanny Turyaheebwa, the Chief Administrative Officer, says the chairperson and his executive approved the given out land to be given to microfinance support centre as they wait for the council to convene.

 
 

Kyambogo University Students Still Stuck in Hostels

 
 
 

 

KAMPALA

Several students of Kyambogo University are still locked up in hostels waiting for their parents and guardians to send them transport to return to their homes. On March 20th, 2020, Kyambogo University Vice Chancellor, Professor Eli Katunguka closed the University for 30 days in line with the president’s directive as a control measure against the COVID19 pandemic.

“In line with directives issued out by president, Yoweri Museveni and in the exercise of powers entrusted to me under section 31 of the University and other tertiary institutions Act 2001 as amended, I hereby direct the closure of the University on Friday March 20th, 2020 to Monday 20th April 2020,”Katunguka said.

He asked all students to return to their respective homes and wait for communication through the print media. However, a number of students are still stuck in their hostels in Banda, a city suburb allegedly waiting for their parents and guardians to send them transport back home.

Janati Mayanja, the Custodian Liam Hostel says some students are giving her different excuses and as a parent, she cannot force them out. She explains that some of the students claim that they come from distant places and can’t return home for only 30 days.

According to Mayanja, her hostel accommodates more than 50 students. She noted that they are being very careful and ensuring that the students are safe and take all the preventive measures to avoid felling victims to Corona virus.

Helen Kisakye Nakanjako, the custodian Maria Hostel, says the students she still has indoors are still waiting for transport from home. Nakanjako says that what is helping her is that those who are still around are indoors and don’t move unnecessarily.

She says that as they are still waiting for the president to announce what next after the closure, they are working hard to ensure the students stay indoors.

Alon Ndanda, the custodian Cariton hostel, says some of the students in his hotel are waiting for transport while others are third year students who are busy doing research and reading. He however, says he is engaging the students to vacate the hostel and he locks it.

Julius Walakila, the custodian of Kabojja hostels, says they stuck to their guns and enforced the presidential directive to close. “We had to switch of the electricity and stopped water. Life was so hard for them so they ended up leaving the place,” Walakila said.

The custodian at Good Shepherd Girls’ hostel refused to talk to speak to PRIME RADIO, saying she doesn’t relate well with journalists. Our reporter talked to some of the students whom he found reading, while others were sleeping and washing clothes.

Francis Muwanguzi, a resident of Cariton Hostel and a third year student of Demography and Productive Health, said there are many reasons why some students are still in hostels. He said a big number of them lack transport to go back to their homes. He says the closure found him ill, adding that he couldn’t go without completing his doze.

Sheila Nahabwe Kemigisha, a third year student of Community Development and Social Justice, said she remained behind to read books and work on her research. Nahabwe explains that she agreed with the custodians of the hostel who informed her that they are not responsible for her stay.

 
 

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