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Hapuuyo Facility Works With No Gloves, Masks or Sanitizers Amid COVID-19 Scare

At around 10a.m. when Uganda Radio Network visited, some patients were still coming to the facility one by one, many of them ignoring a water tank just outside the facility meant for hand washing, one of the most publicized ways of keeping away Corona Virus Disease (COVID -19) germs at bay.The disease which is currently ravaging the world has affected 540,832 by today.

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About 30 people, some seen carrying babies visited Hapuuyo Health Center III in Kyegegwa district this morning for a host of services from HIV drug refills, some reporting with usual malaria, cough and flu whereas others with the likes tuberculosis and family planning.

At around 10 a.m. when Uganda Radio Network visited, some patients were still coming to the facility one by one, many of them ignoring a water tank just outside the facility meant for hand washing, one of the most publicized ways of keeping away Corona Virus Disease (COVID -19) germs at bay.The disease which is currently ravaging the world has affected 540,832 by today.

Over a hundred patients are seen at the facility every day according to facility staff Mathew Agumire. 

He told URN that once a rumor started circulating around the community that there are returnees from the United Arabs Emirates that are being hidden by relatives for fear of being isolated for the Ministry of Health recommended 14 days to rule out infection, they started sensitizing masses about proper hand washing.

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Ironically however, the same health workers preaching a precautionary message are exposing themselves to disease especially now with the onset of community transmission of COVID -19. Three cases have so far tested positive from the community in different parts of the country with the latest being Hoima after Iganga and Adjumani cases being confirmed early this week.

Agumire says the facility doesn’t have money to procure gloves, sanitisers and face masks for their health workers even when he acknowledges that they are at high risk of infection with the severe acute respiratory disease that takes toll on the lungs leading to death.

At the facility laboratory, which is most at risk, the laboratory head, Mbabazi Kaudah said she had used her face mask which is supposed to be disposable for three days now.  Also for that single mask to be available now is due to a donation by UNICEF.

She also revealed to have never had any form of training on sample collection although among the samples she usually draws are those of equally infectious Tuberculosis germs.

Agumire says that in absence of supplies from the National Medical Stores, local political leaders would have come in to help but they have never visited the facility since the pandemic was declared.  

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