Hoima records another COVID-19 case

A 60-year-old woman resident of Kyakabooga Village in Buseruka Sub-county, Hoima District as tested positive for coronavirus.

This brings to seven the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Buseruka sub-county in less than two weeks.

The woman is among the 11 people who were yesterday (Tuesday) tested in the country.

The Hoima District Health Surveillance Officer, Mr Fred Kugonza, told Kazi-njema News today (Wednesday) that the woman has already been taken to Hoima Regional Referral Hospital COVID-19 Treatment Unit for medical management.

Mr Kugonza said that although the patient is a Ugandan, she is of Congolese origin. Reports indicate that sometime back, the woman crossed to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to visit her relatives.

Her return to Uganda caused fear among the residents of Kyakabooga who quickly informed the District COVID-19 Taskforce which also swung into action and took the woman’s samples for testing.

Addressing the Hoima District COVID-19 Taskforce this morning, the District Health Surveillance Officer appealed to the members to scale up mass sensitisation campaigns pertaining to the presidential directives against the spread of the pandemic.

Mr Kugonza said that health authorities are now looking for people who came into contact with the patient so that they can also be tested.

More than 80 people have so far been tested since the disease broke out in Buseruka sub-county, according to Mr Kugonza.  

However, one out of the four persons who tested positive for Covid-19 at Kijangi landing site in Buseruka sub-county is yet to be got since he went into hiding.

Since March, nine people have so far tested positive for COVID-19 in Hoima district.

Earlier in the week, the head of the Hoima District COVID-19 Taskforce, Mr Samuel Kisembo Araali, said that a regional meeting would convene to discuss the way forward following the news cases that were recorded in the district last week.

The patients crossed to the DRC and back to Uganda.

“I have written to the Chairperson Regional Covid-19 Taskforce to convene a meeting and discuss the issue of Lake Mwitanzige. Having six cases of Covid-19 in only one week is something worrying the Hoima taskforce. So, I have asked the regional taskforce chairperson to invite a meeting so that we understanding how these people are crossing to the DRC and coming back,” Mr Kisembo said.

“Secondly, we have to know where the problem lies and thirdly, if there is any problem, we should find a solution to it to stop these crossings because there is Ebola and Covid-19 in Congo,” he continued.

Audio: Kisembo on meeting (Runyoro/Rutooro)

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