Meri Jino, the LC V chairperson of Kaabong district attributed the rising cases of malnutrition to the rampant cattle raids that saw the district losing over 55000 head of cattle to rustlers. Jino says this is a huge loss to families because it affects their livelihoods as children can no longer feed on milk as they used to.
According to health experts, at least five percent of the persons that have moderate to severe forms of the disease end up in need of a ventilator because they cannot breathe since their lungs are immersed in the fluid.
Elvis Okello Romnson, the Bio statistician in the Health Department in Gulu told Uganda Radio Network that the district will in the next two weeks declare an epidemic of Malaria if the current situation remains.
According to the health ministry, majority of the children are contacts to positive cases. It is believed the children were infected at home by people they live with, and now constitute 2% of the cases in the country.
Dr Edward Muwanga, the Kyotera District Health Officer and Secretary to the task force says they do not have funds to buy fuel to transport the patients to Masaka. The island sub-county lacks a treatment centre.
Dr Ronald Reagan Mutebi, the head of the mass community testing exercise says they have registered a cumulative total of 12 COVID-19 patients. 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 Tanzanian national had temporarily been isolated at an undisclosed facility as health workers waited for an ambulance to transfer him together with four others to Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital.
Although there have been several calls for Parliament to lockdown, following confirmation of COVID-19 Cases in Uganda, and President Museveni’s ban on all Public gatherings, the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has maintained that Parliament will meet as infrequently as possible and also ensure to conduct most of the business online
Medical experts say that proper handwashing, with soap and water, not only reduces the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), but can also prevent the spread of other viral illnesses such as cold and flu. Science has also shown that washing hands for 20 seconds is effective in killing germs, much more than using an alcohol based sanitizer.
The recommendation comes after the World Health Organization-WHO officer for Karamoja Field Office Dr Ken Kabali completed a training of medical workers at the referral hospital on how to handle cases of the virus if it breaks out.
Asked if it had anything to do with the implementation of the Health Minister’s ban on travels in and out of Uganda for people who had visited high risk countries or even Ugandans intending to travel there, CAA Spokesperson, Vianney Luggya, said it was simply a technical problem, which has since been resolved.