Kasensero Landing Site Records a Spike in COVID-19 Cases

Three more cases of coronavirus disease have been recorded in Kasensero town council, Kyotera district as part of the ongoing mass community testing exercise. This brings the tally of Uganda’s COVID-19 cases to 525.

The three are part of 2,866 people who have been tested since May 19, 2020.

The new cases bring to nine, the number of females who have tested positive for the disease. There are also three male patients.

Dr Ronald Reagan Mutebi, the head of the mass community testing exercise says they have registered a cumulative total of 12patients that have tested positive to COVID-19. Four of the patients were transferred to Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital and another four to Mbarara Hospital while the Tanzanian national who tested positive is still at large.

The Kyotera district COVID-19 task force is still stranded with the three female patients due to lack of a treatment centre or isolation unit at Kasensero landing site. The Treatment centre in Masaka is filled and can’t take in more patients, while the Mbarara treatment centre is equally full.

Meanwhile, Kyotera district COVID-19 Taskforce has managed to trace 91 contacts of the confirmed COVID-19 patients. The suspects, whose samples have been dispatched to Mutukula for testing, have been asked to self-isolate.

Charles Njuba, the Kyotera LC-V vice-chairperson said that the district authorities are supporting the health team to locate the contacts of the patients to contain the spread of infection. Kasensero and Nangoma are considered high-risk areas because of the cross border movements by residents who sail to Tanzania for business.

Kyotera RDC, Maj. David Matovu, said that the relentless floods triggered by heavy rains are still a challenge to the mass testing exercise. He says Kasensero-Kyapa road, which connects to Mutukula highway and Kyotera town is cut off since February.

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