Covid-19 Cases In Kabale Shoot Up Due To Complacency

BY AMBROSE KWERONDA

KABALE: THURSDAY, AUGUST 26, 2021

Kabale district in Western Uganda is registering high number of coronavirus new infections that has been attributed to the public complacency on observing the standard operating procedures.

According to Dr. Alfred Besigensi, the Acting District Health Officer (DHO) Kabale, the district has registered 1,680 cumulative number of Covid-19 cases since the resurgence in May 2021.

He revealed that on August 23, a total of 76 people were tested and 14 were positive, on  August 24, the collected and tested 68 samples and 12 results came out positive which indicates that covid-19 cases are increasing compared to previous days.

Dr. Besigensi was speaking during Kabale district covid-19 task-force meeting held at Kabale district headquarters in Kabale Municipality.

He disclosed that Kabale district has 41 patients in home based care and 33 active cases in hospital.

The DHO said 1,250 cases have so far being managed from home based care from where 1,184 people have successfully recovered, while 13 people were on oxygen at the intensive care unit of the hospital.

Dr. Besigensi attributed the increase of the numbers of new infections to reluctance of the people in observing Covid-19 guidelines.

He emphasized the need for the leaders to come to the drawing board and ensure that observance of the standard operating procedures is enforced to fight Covid-19.

Dr. Christopher Wagobera, a medical officer at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital, warned that the current surge of new infections in Kabale might exceed the previous waves if not quickly reined in, adding that most patients admitted at the hospital are transferred from home based care treatment and are always very sick on arrival.

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