The Kabale district Covid-19 taskforce closes all markets, amidst a resurgence in Covid-19 cases..Tobias Habasa
The Kabale district Covid-19 taskforce has resolved to close all markets dealing in non-food items that had resumed operations, following in the increase in number of Covid-19 cases in the district.
The decision was reached today on Thursday 09th Sept 2021 during the district Covid-19 taskforce meeting that was held at the district-Rukiiko hall in Makanga hill of Kabale municipality.
According to the Kabale resident district commissioner, Godfrey Nyakahuma, some of the markets that had resumed operations include, Kabanyonyi in Buhara sub county, Habubaare and Bigaaga in Butanda sub county, Maziba in Maziba sub county, Mayengo in Kamuganguzi sub county and Harutinda market on the shores of lake Bunyonyi in Kitumba sub county. Nyakahuma added that cases are on the increase rural sub counties.
According to Nyakahuma, the taskforce also resolved to summon all sub county chiefs and officers in charge of police posts, across the district, for a meeting on Tuesday next week, to come up modalities on how to ensure the observance of the standard operating procedures-SOPs put in place by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the ministry of health to forestall the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Other, resolutions that the taskforce agreed upon, include, the resumption of strict enforcement of SOPs, deployment of both police of UPDF officers to help in enforcing these SOPs, increasing surveillance in rural sub counties, especially those that neighbor with Rwanda, where the increase in the number of cases, has been registered. The Sub counties include, Butanda, Rubaya, Kahungye, Maziba, Buhara and Katuna town council.
Nyakahuma, also added that the taskforce, was also informed that some owners of bars had resumed operations, and therefore need to be stopped with immediate effect.
The Kyanamira Sub County female councilor, also the secretary for administration, finance, planning, works and technical services committee, Bridget Asinga Tumwesigye, also noted that there has been laxity in enforcing the SOPs, especially in rural sub counties, where public gatherings like burials and weddings have been attracting hundreds of people.
The acting Kabale district health officer, Alfred Besigensi, noted that the Covid-19 infection rate in the district has increased to more than 20 percent compared to less 10 percent that was there when the president lifted the lockdown. This, he said shows a worrying rate for a very infectious disease like Covid-19. He expressed worry that if this trend continues, Kabale district will be at a risk of a lockdown.
As of Wednesday 08th September 2021, the district had 160 active cases, including 51 in admission and 109 under the Home based care. The cumulative number of confirmed cases since March 2020 stands at 2,410, while the number of cases registered since May 2021 is at 1,860. 98 people have succumbed to disease in Kabale district.