COVID-19: Bushenyi District Staff, Task Force to Undergo Covid19 Testing

The Bushenyi District Covid19 Task Force Chairperson, Jolly Tibemanya has since denied the reports, which have gone viral on social media as false.
Jolly Tibemanya Bushenyi District Covid-19 Task Force Chairperson

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Five staff attached to the office of Bushenyi LC V Chairperson are in self-isolation following reports that the district chairperson has tested positive for Covid19. 

On Friday, the Health Ministry issued results indicating that one person from Bushenyi district had tested positive for corona virus disease. 

Shortly after the release of the results, some websites published stories indicating that Bushenyi LC V Chairperson, Jaffar Basajjabalaba had tested positive. 

However, Bushenyi District Covid19 Task Force Chairperson, Jolly Tibemanya, confirms that Basajjabalaba took the Covid-19 test four days ago at Kampala International Teaching Hospital and the samples were taken to Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe.

He denies reports that the test results turned out positive as it is being claimed on social media. Tibemanya says that Basajjabalaba has taken a second sample for testing at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital.    

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Tibemanya says to avoid any loopholes; they have sent all staff, relatives and friends of the chairperson into self-isolation until they receive the test results.  


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He however, failed short of explaining why the LC V Chairperson needed a second test. 

He says they have also requested the Health Ministry to dispatch doctors to take samples for Bushenyi Local government staff. 

Bushenyi District Police Commander, Joe Komakech, says they have commenced investigations to establish the source of the information doing rounds on social media.

“Publishing something that is not confirmed by the authority, is inciting violence so we are starting our investigations and whoever will be caught will face the law,” he said. 

Uganda currently has registered 1254 Covid19 cases and 6 deaths.        

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