Rubanda district local government has
asked majority of the staff working at the headquarters to stay home following the outbreak of COVID-19 at Rubanda
district government prison.
The district COVID-19 taskforce
confirmed the first inmate with COVID-19 positive case in Rubanda district government prisons
on on September 30th, 2020, before it confirmed other six inmates were positive with the virus on October 7th.
Rubanda district local government has 80 civil
servants who sit at the district head quarters.
Joanita Kobugabe, the Rubanda
district communications officer said today that the district has only
maintained 13 district heads of departments until further notice when all
workers will be tested and proven if they are COVID-19 free.
Kobugabe said that the decision to reduce
on the number of staff intends to reduce on the risk of contracting and
spreading COVID-19 since the Rubanda district government prisons where some
inmates have tested positive is near the district headquarters.
She added that the decision was also
based on the fact that the district staff need to observe the standard
operating procedures like social distancing.
"Cue in: Lockdown...
Cue out: heads of department."//
Dr. Abdon Birungi, the Rubanda district
Health officer says that the district health department in conjunction with the
COVID-19 taskforce has already drawn samples from all district staff in order
to determine if there is anyone who could have contracted COVID-19.