on the Parliament Covid-19 task force are concerned about the way the Home-based
Care system has been left exposed and vulnerable to people in homes and
government through the ministry of health approved that people who test positive
to Covid-19 but with mild symptoms be sent and managed from their homes under what
was called Home-Based Care.
legislators who were in Buhweju and Bushenyi on Monday were told that Bushenyi currently
has 65 cases of home-based care.
of parliament who are divided into four teams are moving around the country to
identify areas needing government improvement in the fight against Covid-19 and
also establish whether funds voted by Parliament to fortify the Covid-19 fight
have served the intended purpose.
The team in
the western region is led by Hoima West county member of parliament Dr Joseph
Ruyonga and started their task from Masindi today the proceed to Rukungiri and
Buhweju county MP Francis Mwijukye wondered whether the home-based care system is serving
its rightful purpose since in homes there are no required necessities.
says also the Frontline workers who are supposed to offer the care are left
without adequate supplies, risking their own lives to provide treatment and
He said the
government and Health ministry need to acknowledge the errors in home-based
care and better the system.
called home-based care but there are no required services and you who are
supposed to offer the care you don’t have the care and the medicines to give
them are not available!”
“kandi tukirebire hingyi…
…tugibahereze bagitwarire abarweire.”//
Municipality Member of Parliament Dr Elisa Rutahigwa says cases on Home-based
care need a lot of follow up otherwise a case that is released to stay in
the community is dangerous and likely to spread the virus further if not well
there are homes where people sleep together when one is positive and the other
“Kandi if we…
…serious on that.”//
District Health Officer, Dr Edward Mwesigye asked the Members of Parliament to
urge Government to provide more testing kits needed in the Covid-19 fight.
He says they
are overwhelmed by the huge numbers of people who want to test on daily
basis yet they receive 50 to 100 swabs which are shared among the more than 15
“we have limited…
…particularly on swabs.”//
The team which is
led by Dr Joseph Ruyonga, asked all stakeholders to intensify messages of prevention.