Kabale district health authorities are
considering recalling all junior health workers on leave to boost manpower in
the fight against the corona virus pandemic.
Reports from Kabale District Health Department
show that the operations of the District COVID19 Taskforce are being hampered
by inadequate manpower.
Alfred Besigensi, the acting Kabale District
Health Officer says between 10 and 15 of the over 300 health workers in the
district take leave each month.
He says in consultations with all relevant
authorities, the district health department has resolved not to grant more monthly leave to health workers until COVID19 is
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Patrck Besigye Keihwa, the Kabale District LC5
Chairperson, says their decision to recall the health workers is meant to
ensure that they keep their surveillance on COVID19 at peak.
He urges the affected health workers to treat
accept the recall in good faith.
Paddy Mwesigye, the Chairperson Kabale
Municipal Corona Virus Surveillance Team, says that they have so far collected
blood samples from five people who returned from Dubai between March 4th
and 22nd, 2020 and dispatched them to Uganda Virus Research
Institute Entebbe for analysis.
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Uganda has so far registered 44 cases of
Covid-19, according to the Health Ministry.