Kabale Regional Hospital in Partial Shutdown As Kigezi Region Records First Covid-19 Community case
Kabale regional referral hospital has suspended the admission of all non-emergency patients after the facility registered a COVID-19 positive case.
The patient is a 56-year-old Imam, a resident of Nyakijumba in the southern division, Kabale municipality who has been admitted at the hospital since Sunday 26th July, 2020.
He had traveled by bus from Kampala to his home in Nyakijumba and while at home he developed flu, cough and fever.
His condition worsened and was rushed to Kabale regional referral hospital, where he was admitted in the general ward. Health workers became suspicious and collected samples from him.
On Thursday his results tested positive and he was immediately relocated to the isolation unit.
Alfred Besigensi, the acting Kabale District Health Officer says that admission of new patients especially those of non-emergencies has been halted until further notice.
Besigensi says that more than 40 patients were in the ward but all their attendants and health workers have been put under quarantine. He adds that six family members who directly got in contact with the victim have also been put under mandatory quarantine.
Patrick Besigye Keihwa, Kabale LCV Chairperson, says that patients are advised to seek medical services from lower health facilities like Kamukira and Maziba health centre IVs.
This is the first Covid-19 Community case to be recorded in the Kigezi region. Currently, 14 Covid-19 patients are admitted at Kabale regional referral hospital.