Brian Kisembo, the Covid-19 Incident Manager in Kabarole and Fort Portal City says over 200 people have contracted the virus in the two areas even though 90 have since recovered. On Monday, the Ministry of Health confirmed 55 new cases in Kabarole, which is the highest number that has ever been recorded in the district.
Brian Kisembo, the COVID-19 Incident Manager in Kabarole, says that so far, five of the cases are at Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital for management, while 18 have been asked to stay in their homes because the isolation centre is full.
Kabarole Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Festus Bandeeba, says that they had initially planned to use the money to buy relief food for vulnerable people in the district. He says accounting officers in various Sub counties and town councils had already submitted lists of the beneficiaries but they were asked to deposit the money on the consolidated funds account.
“After the war, ISO promised to give Mr Mugisa 8 million shillings to enable him rehabilitate himself. However, up to now, this poor man has not yet received anything and he is now a laughing stock before the Movement detractors,” reads Jacob Asiimwe’s letter
The task forces in Tooro say there are business operators especially bar and shop owners who are still operating in hiding which is undermining their efforts to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.
In his statement about the outbreak dated March 20th, Bishop Kisembo notes that due to the presidential directive to close all places of worship, it is paramount that religious leaders virtually remain in contact with the Christians for comfort and spiritual guidance.
Messach Byomuntura, the Research and Gender Officer at Rwenzori Anti-Corruption Coalition, who received the tip from the whistle blower, says it is illegal to sell things that have been donated to health centers and hospitals.
During a council sitting held at the district headquarters in Kitumba on Wednesday, Kabarole district Chairman Richard Rwabuhinga argued that boarding schools lack special provisions for children living with HIV, which subjects them to stigma and discrimination.
According to Mugahi, they believe that the suspect was bitten by a tick, which had sucked blood from an infected animal. He says they have already sprayed all the animals in the victims village and sensitized residents against staying with animals in their houses.
Nansamba says since the school is Catholic founded and not for profit, they refused to sign the MOU because the money and requirements needed cannot be raised by students who are already struggling to pay school fees.
The centre will offer free HIV testing and Anti-retroviral therapy treatment, counselling, peer education, safe male circumcision; psychosocial support services; information on HIV, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Tuberculosis.
Asiimwe said Kabarole, being one of the districts close to DRC where there is an Ebole outbreak, has already received logistics from government and World Health Organisation - WHO to prevent an outbreak