Buikwe MP demands isolation centres be moved upcountry

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By Brian Musasiizi

JInja – Buikwe County North Member of Parliament Paul Musoke Sebulime has asked the Ministry of Health to carry out on-job training to other medical practitioners across the country to address any eventualities that may arise due to the infection.

‘’Corona screening desks should be established at all the health facilities and outpatient caregivers trained on identification and handling of suspected corona patients which includes prioritized attention to patients meeting standard corona case definition,’’ Musoke told RedPepper Digital.

This followed the two suspected Coronavirus patients who were picked from their homes in Kasanja Village, Njeru Municipality in Buikwe after authorities were tipped by residents.

The suspects reportedly entered into the country from United Arab Emirates (UAE) through Entebbe International Airport but were never screened for COVID-19.

They were reportedly undergoing self-quarantine and health officials moved them from home to Jinja Referral Hospital to complete their 14-day quarantine.

Early this week, Uganda confirmed eight new cases of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), all Ugandan nationals who travelled back from Dubai, UAE; two on March 20 and six on March 22, 2020, aboard the Emirates and Ethiopian Airlines flights. This brings the total number of Covid-19 confirmed cases in the country to nine

In line with the Presidential directive and to prevent infection in high populated areas, Musoke urged locals to use emergency numbers given by the Health ministry to report any outbreak and suspected victims and Parents to supervise the movement and interaction of their children and take responsibility for protecting their families from infection.

‘’ The situation requires team regardless of our political affiliation, religion and culture respectively. My Office has donated sanitizers to communities and will cater to the patients’ meals while in hospital. However our people should also enough food during this period and for those who have food in gardens, use it sparingly’’, he added