THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
RESIDENT DISTRICT COMMISSIONER – KASESE
P.O. BOX 230, KASESE DISTRICT
Tel: 03933224144, (0752611204)
Date: 9th November 2020
STATUS UPDATES ON COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESPONSE IN THE DISTRICT.
Fellow citizens of Kasese, The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Corona Virus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19) a global pandemic on 11th March 2020. Since this declaration, the situation in Uganda and Kasese District in particular has continuously deteriorated with rapidly increasing confirmed positive cases. To date the District has recorded 120 Positive cases and 2 deaths and in the period of two weeks we have registered new 70 positive cases from the communities all over the District.
As the number of COVID-19 Cases increase in the communities, Ministry of Health (MOH) has introduced Home based Care Management of COVID-19 Cases only for those who meet the following criteria:
- COVID-19 Positive cases with no symptoms or with mild illness
- Patients with no known risk of developing complications or progressing to severe COVID-19 Disease
- Patients who demonstrate the understanding of the Rationale of why people need to stay home when sick until cleared for Discharge or De-isolation and expresses willingness to comply with the Home based isolation and Guidelines until discharge or De-Isolation.
- Any patient discharge from treatment center for Home based care.
All community members are asked to adhere to this new COVID-19 Care model and stop harassing COVID-19 Positive cases under Home Based Care.
In addition to the above, the District Task force has noticed that community members are not observing the Standard Operating procedures and guidelines for COVID-19 Prevention and Control and therefore calls upon the community to adhere to the following guidelines:
- No person should be allowed to move in public without putting on a face Mask.
- No public place (Markets, public offices, Banks, Hotels, Schools, Shops and Taxi & Bus parks) should operate without hand washing facility with a disinfectant.
- All Motorcycle including Boda-bodas Riders should be in Face Masks and Helmets and strictly carry only passenger who should also be dressed in Face Mask.
- All Taxi and Bus operators should carry half of their vehicle capacity and all passengers in facemasks.
- Practice behaviors that prevent the spread of COVID-19 Like: Avoiding contact with anyone with flu-like symptoms, Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, Avoiding hand shaking and hugging, Maintain a social distance of at least two (2) meters from one another, if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care and make sure you and all people around follow good respiratory hygiene, by covering mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue while sneezing or coughing.
- For weddings, funerals, church, Mosques and any other gatherings are restricted to a maximum of 70 people with observance of SOPs on COVID-19.
All local Authorities and Security Organs are asked to actively participate in sensitizing, enforcing and monitoring adaption to the COVID 19 Health Guidelines any other Standard Operating Procedures to prevent further spread of the Disease.
The general Public is also advised to report any suspected cases and contacts to the nearest Health facility or call; 0777390516 OR 0703231034- District surveillance focal person
For more information, call the Ministry of Health toll free line on: 919, 0800-100-066, 0800-203-033 and 0800-303-033 or send a free SMS to Report on 8500
Lt Joe Walusimbi
RESIDENT DISTRICT COMMISSIONER