Kabale Covid-19 taskforce wants burial ceremonies to start at 10am.

Kabale Covid-19 taskforce wants burial ceremonies to start at 10am.

By Alex Byakatonda.

 

The Kabale district Covid-19 taskforce, has resolved to write to all religious leaders in the district, directing them to always start burial ceremonies at 10am, saying that delaying burials has been cited for congregating so many people, which puts them at the risk of the Covid-19 virus.

The resolution was reached at today, 30th September 2021, during a taskforce meeting, held in the district Rukiiko hall, and chaired by the Resident district commissioner, Godfrey Nyakahuma. The taskforce, also ordered religious leaders to shorten burial ceremonies to at least not more than an hour.

Although, the acting Kabale district Health officer, Alfred Besigensi, noted that the positivity rate, has reduced from over 20percent, last month and early this month to around 10 percent, the number of cases in the district, are still high. According to the results released by the DHO’s office, the number of Covid-19 cases in the district as of 29th September 2021, stood 116 active cases, including 29 cases admitted in hospitals and 87, under the Home care. Two deaths were also recorded bringing the number of cumulative deaths to 106. The cumulative number of cases, since May 2021 stands at 2090, while the cumulative number of cases, since March in 2020, stands at 2,507.

Nyakahuma, observed that following the recent decision by President Yoweri Museveni to open places of worship, religious gatherings like burial ceremonies, are likely to attracted huge numbers of people.

Besigensi cited the sub counties that are still registering increased cases as Butanda, Rubaya and Kaharo, which started to register cases recently.

The commander of the Uganda People’s defense forces-UPDF 31st Battalion, Lieutenant colonel Abraham Mutabazi, noted that because of intensified security deployment, cross border movements have been reduced. He also said that during their security patrols, they have noticed that Karujanga and Rubaya, sub counties, are still registering high cases.

The WHO, field coordinator in charge of Kigezi, Dr Nicholas Kwikiriza, said that their research has shown that Kabale and Rubanda districts, have the highest number of cases in the region, although he added that Rukungiri district, has also started registering an increase in the number of cases. He, however added that during their field inspections in sub counties that border with Rwanda, like Buhara sub county, they realized that bars, were freely operating and most cases registered in these sub counties are linked to the bars. He added that enforcement teams in these sub counties, are finding challenges in closing these bars, since most of them are owned by local leaders.

The Kabale district Police commander, Abel Ruganza, said that they are ready to heighten operations, and enforcement of the SOPs. He warned that they will not hesitate to close any bars that will be found illegally operating.

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