Sister Mildred Ategeka, a nun attached to Good Samaritan Sisters and one of the administrators of the Home notes that they have had numerous cases at the centre. She, however, says that currently four elderly people and one staff member are battling the virus.
Mapeera Bakateyamba’s Home
disease-COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on the elderly, poor,
destitute and disabled persons leaving in Mapeera Bakateyamba Home in
Nalukolongo. Rev. Fr. Dr. Pius Male, the Chancellor of Kampala Archdiocese,
says that although the highly contagious virus didn’t spread to the charity
home in the first wave, the second wave is spreading like a wildfire.
Dr. Male, the virus has claimed three people in the home and left several
others hospitalised in critical conditions in the last few weeks. “The Archdiocese is doing every possible to ensure that those who are infected are
treated and limit the spread of the virus within and from outside. We have
established an isolation unit at the centre. The staff some of, which are
medics are trying to arrest the situation and for the moment we have closed the
facility to outsiders and also halted admission of new people,” says Dr. Male.
Sister Mildred Ategeka, a nun attached to Good Samaritan Sisters and one of the
administrators of the Home notes that they have had numerous cases at the
centre. She, however, says that currently four elderly people and one staff
member are battling the virus. “The situation has been bad, our older people
and staff have been contracting t COVID-19. We think the infection could have
come along with non-residents who usually come here seeking help,” she said.
Given the fact that the elderly people in the nursing home are particularly
vulnerable to COVID-19 due to their age and comorbidities, the administrators
of the home had stopped visits to limit the possibility of infections. URN has
learnt that many vulnerable people would often storm the home in search of food
and other basic needs and the nuns would allow them into the home out of
“You can’t see those older people in the gate looking for
what to eat and you ignore them. Observing Social distancing and other SOPs, we
could allow them in and we share the little we had,” Sr. Ategeka added. Besides
the infections, the charity home has been greatly affected by the effects of
For instance, Ategeka
notes that they have registered a reduction in donations to the home, which
form the bulk of support for the home. With some of the infected persons being
cared for under the home-care Programme, the employees are also at risk of
infection due to lack of Personal Protective Equipment-PPEs.
To arrest the situation, Dr. Andrew Ssekitoleko, the Health Coordinator Kampala
Archdiocese who also doubles as the Executive Director Lubaga Hospital notes
that they have prioritized the issues at the diocese.
“Apart from treatment, we have provided the
centre with of PPEs. I personally trained both the medical and non-medical
staff on how to protect themselves while caring for those infected. This is in
done in addition to other standard operating procedures put in place some of
which are specific to the home,” said Dr. Ssekitoleko.
He says that they have also provided COVID-19 testing kits
for the home to enable them to conduct regular tests on-site for early detection
of infections among other interventions. Mapeera Bakateyamba’s Home is a
charity home for elderly and disabled people. It was founded by the late
Emmanuel Cardinal Emmanuel Nsubuga in 1997