Kabale district Covid-19 taskforce, resolves to heighten surveillance, amidst the Surge in new Covid-19 cases.Tobias Habasa
The Kabale district Covid-19 taskforce has resolved to heighten surveillance and enforcement of standard operating procedures-SOPS, following laxity among members of the public in observing the SOPs.
The resolution was agreed upon yesterday during a district taskforce meeting that was held at Rukiiko hall in Kabale municipality. The meeting was co-funded by Transparency International Uganda.
Giving the district Covid-19 situation report, the Acting Kabale District Health Officer, Alfred Besigensi, expressed worry at the new surge in the number of new cases, citing 14 and 12 new cases that were reject on Monday and Tuesday respectively. He also added that the district currently has active 79 cases, 33 of which are admitted at Kabale Regional Referral hospital, while 46 are under Home based care. On rather a sad note, Besigensi said that they three death in the past 48 hours, bringing the cumulative death since May 2021 to 64. The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases, since May is 1680, while cumulative recoveries stand at 1537.
Besigensi also noted with concern that the number of new cases, most of them very sick patients, requiring hospital admissions, which he attributed to delayed referral due to socio-economic pressures.
The Kabale Resident District Commissioner, Darius Nandinda, also the district Covid-19 taskforce Chairperson, expressed concern at the rate at which members of public have disregarded the SOPs. He said that he had realized that several hotels and gardens every weekend, had admitting wedding parties with over 200 attendants, people are no longer putting on masks, while public transport vehicles are carrying excess passengers compared to their capacity, yet the President ordered them to carry half their capacity. Nandinda ordered the District acting Police commander, Rashid Byansi Muhammad to ensure the public gets back to adhering to the SOPS.