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Mayuge Residents Complain About Poor Management of Quarantine Center

Shafic Kisumuluzo, the Bwondha Zone C village chairperson, says despite registering one positive Covid19 case on the landing site last week, the both the community members and suspects have failed to adhere to the corona virus preventive guidelines of social distancing and wearing facial masks.
Jerrycans lined up at the borehole which is shared by both the quarantine center and the neighboring community along Bwondha landing site.

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Residents of Bwondha landing site in Mayuge district are faulting the Covid19 Task for failure to manage the general need of quarantined suspects forcing them to wander freely into the community.  The temporary quarantine center at Bwondha primary school lacks power. 

Some Covid19 suspects take advantage of the darkness at the center, which is often abandoned by security in the night to freely mingle with the local community.  Bwondha is the landing site in the district and attracts passenger and cargo boats from the neighboring Kenya and Tanzania. 

Shafic Kisumuluzo, the Bwondha Zone C village chairperson, says despite registering one positive Covid19 case on the landing site last week, the both the community members and suspects have failed to adhere to the corona virus preventive guidelines of social distancing and wearing facial masks. 

Kisumuluzo says the community members the same borehole and sanitary facilities with the Covid19 suspects.  

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Janat Namusubo, who stays 20 meters away from the quarantine center, says her children are curious about the Covid19 suspects and have often forced their way into the center. She also reveals that some of the children fetch water for the suspects yet they lack protective gears to protect them from infection.

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Paul Zirintusa, another resident wants Mayuge District Taskforce to devise means of disinfecting the quarantine center and neighboring homes. 

“We registered a Covid19 case. But none of the Taskforce members has ever reached out to us for guidance, I would challenge them to spray our entire school and neighboring houses if they are to secure us from the spread of Covid19,” he said.

James Shilaku, the Mayuge Resident District Commissioner and Taskforce Chairperson, says they have drafted a program where leaders will use community radios to sensitise community members on the advantages of staying away from the quarantine centers. 

Corona Virus is spread through contact with the droplets of an infected person.