Kule Zakayo, a resident of Kasika says that the poor water, sanitation, and hygiene conditions in the camps, coupled with a shortage of healthcare providers, pose a huge health risk to thousands of people in the area.
Steven Bagonza, the Assistant District Health Officer-ADHO told URN that the district has re-organised contact tracing teams that will be tasked with following up these individuals and other suspected cases in the district.
Charles Oluka, the world health organisation field coordinator says they have done follow-ups with the respective communities where the 'suspects' come from up to the family level and so far no report of symptoms has been recorded.
The Kasese deputy resident district Commissioner- RDC in charge of Bukhonzo county, Lt. Maate Magwara says they have increased security surveillance to close out all porous border points and ensure that all persons crossing into Uganda use the designated routes and are screened as required.
Patrick Bikansobera, the surveillance focal person for the lake region in Kasese, says the disease can easily spread to the districts neighboring DRC due to cross-border movements. He called for the screening of all persons crossing into Uganda from DRC.
Jetress Ithungu, the Kasese District LC V Vice chairperson, says that more than 50% of the children in the district are stunted either physically or intellectually due to food insecurity and poor feeding behaviors. She argued that many parents are selling off their food to meet the rising cost of living.
Samuel Kabinga, the Kasese district disease surveillance focal person, says that as cases re-emerge, vaccination of children has been identified by authorities as one of the means to reduce transmission and infections in schools.
In his brief address during his coronation anniversary celebrations held at Bughanikire Royal Palace grounds in Bughanikire Town Council, Kamya said the sickle cell prevalence remains higher in Bundibugyo and Uganda as a whole mainly because many people especially those intending to get into intimate relationships lack quick access to testing services.
Tom Bazanye Kyobe, the AAPU President, says that they hope the equipment will go a long way to reduce the transport cost of ambulance services. He notes that the association is aware that many people who need ambulance services, especially during disasters are poor and unable to meet the cost.
In 2011, the institution introduced certificates that were only issued to girls who are above 18 years. Girls who are planning to get married would have to register first with the Kingdom’s cultural department.