Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital COVID-19 Ward Can Only Accommodate 20 Patients
Mbarara district COVID-19 taskforce has reechoed the caution against members of the community relaxing in adhering to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS) in the fight against COVID-19 at a point when Uganda has registered 6,468 total confirmed cases, 2,731 recoveries and 63 deaths.
Mbarara regional referral hospital which admits referral cases from the entire western Uganda currently has one COVID-19 patients’ ward at the hospital that can only accommodate 20 patients and one isolation centre at Rwentanga farm school.
Mbarara deputy Resident District Commissioner (D/RDC) who doubles as the acting RDC Rwampara, Emmy Kateera Turyabagyenyi confirmed this challenge adding that government is however trying to set up more wards and isolation centres as the pandemic continue to bring the world to its knees.
‘About funding, it’s also a challenge but this shouldn’t stop the public from preventing the pandemic as we do our best,’ he added.
Since March 2020, Mbarara regional referral hospital has admitted 72 total COVID-19 patients, registered 64 recoveries who’re discharged and 1 death, with 8 patients in the ward as of today September 21, 2020.
RDC Kateera warned that as authorities they won’t tolerate the laxity in the fight against COVID-19 and whoever violates the presidential directives risks being arrested and prosecuted in courts of law.
KEY ISSUES FROM LAST NIGHT’S #M7Address ON THE COVID-19 SITUATION.
1. Schools will re-open on October 15th for the
candidate classes of P-7, S-4, S-6, finalists in tertiary colleges and finalists in universities.
2. The International Airport and land borders
will now be opened for tourists, coming in and going out, provided they tested negative 72 hours before arrival in Uganda and provided the tour operators ensure that the tourists do not mix with the Ugandans. Returning Ugandans, who have negative PCR results, will be allowed to go home. The Ministry of Health will only get their addresses for follow up.
3. Restrictions on movements on border districts are hereby lifted.
4. Curfew, from 9pm to 6am, will be maintained; but for the boda bodas, their movements must always end at 6pm.
5. Places of worship, should open with the following guidelines:
a. Individual prayers or confessions with priests or counseling with the necessary SOPs.
b. Prayers and fellowships whose numbers do not exceed 70 and by observing all the other SOPs.
c. Night prayers and transnights are not allowed.
d. The regular large gatherings of prayers and preachings of Sundays and Fridays will be considered at a later stage, depending on how the disease will be evolving; but the rule of the number of 70 and not more can be used on the Fridays and Sundays.
e. There should be no Sunday School for children.
6. Open air activities of sports will re-open provided there are no spectators and the players are tested for Covid-19, 72 hours before. This test will expire in 14 days. Hence, the Sportsmen will have to repeat the test. This also applies:
a. Sportsmen and women should remember that masks should not be worn, when you are engaged in strenuous exercises.
b. With tournaments, teams should be quarantined for the whole season of the competition.
c. Indoor sports activities, including gyms, remain closed.
7. Casinos, gaming centres and cinemas remain closed.
8. Bars shall remain closed.
9. Hotels will continue operating following the SOPs agreed with the Ministry of Health.
10. Restaurants should continue to emphasize the takeaways. Indoor restaurant services should be minimized and follow the SOPs.
11. Mobile Markets, monthly cattle auction and produce markets, should remain closed as the Ministry of Health continues to develop SOPs.
12. Mass gatherings are still prohibited.
13. Our Bamasaaba grandchildren that are engaged in Imbalu in these months, have SOPs from the Ministry of Health that were agreed with the Cultural Institution. There should be no processions dancing Kadodi – that is dangerous congregating. The Security forces, especially the Police, should monitor those activities.
New COVID-19 cases confirmed today: 270. Cumulative confirmed cases of Ugandans to-date: 6,287.
Cumulative deaths: 63.