Kiryandongo Sugar Company Urged To Setup Isolation Facility To Manage Covid-19 On Site

Kiryandongo RDC, Peter Dibele (Right) listens to factory officials duuring the inspection

BY INNOCENT ATUGANYIRA

KIRYANDONGO: Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The Kiryandongo district Covid-19 task-force has urged the management of Kiryandongo sugar limited to employ health workers and set up a facility to manage cases within the factory.

This followed the outbreak of Covid-19 among the workers of Kiryandongo sugar limited with two confirmed cases.

This prompted the task-force to visit the factory to assess the level of infection prevention and control measures.

While addressing the management of Kiryandongo Sugar Company over the weekend, Peter Dibele, the Resident District Commissioner, asked the factory officials to coordinate with the district Covid-19 task-force so as to ensure proper management of future outbreaks.

Dibele also asked Kiryandongo sugar to ensure occupational health and safety measures are put in place alongside Covid-19 standard operating procedures.

He further warned the management against sending off suspected and confirmed cases but rather set up an isolation centre at the factory to reduce the risks of infection in the process of cases moving from the factory to their homes.

According to Kennedy Atuhwere, the human resource officer-Kiryandongo sugar, the labour force at the factory has been reduced to 313 workers in two shifts to avoid crowding which exposes them to COVID-19.

Edith Aliguma Adyeri, the Kiryandongo district LC5 chairperson, called upon Kiryandongo Sugar Company to make use of the available health services such as Covid-19 screening, testing and psycho-social support offered by the district.

Aliguma also asked the management to ensure that persons infected by Covid-19 are not stigmatized after recovery from the illness.

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