Kaliro district headquarters have been cordoned off after 70 members of staff (employees) tested positive for the COVID 19 virus.
The Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Kaliro, Janet Billy Mulindwa said the district COVID 19 task force instructed all the district political and technical staff to undergo compulsory testing after three top officials developed symptoms of the disease and their results returned positive. He also said that all employees who tested positive were instructed to isolate and avoid interacting with members of the public so as to reduce the spread of the virus.
“We have asked the employees to self isolate themselves within their homesteads because they pose a great threat to the public in case they move around,“ she said.
She said the district headquarters will only be re-opened after instructions from the Ministry of Health which will carry out the fumigation of the entire premises.
“Since over half of the technical and political staff are away after contracting the COVID 19 virus, work is likely to resume after a long period since we are not certain when they will recover,” she said.
Mulindwa also said five people have died in the district within a period of one week due to COVID 19 while 22 others are still admitted at the Namugongo isolation unit in Namugongo Sub County after results tested positive for COVID.
She blamed the spike in Covid-19 infections on reluctance by residents to follow the Ministry of Health guidelines on how to avoid infection.
She said that people still think the disease is political;
“People up to now still think that the disease is political not knowing they could potential victims at one time or another.“
The LC 5 chairman Kaliro, Elija Kagoda urged politicians to sensitize locals about the dangers of overcrowding, especially in trading centres besides encouraging them to wear face masks to avoid contracting COVID 19 virus. He warned that the “disease is real and it’s killing people on a daily basis,” before adding that; “if numbers continue to rise, health workers will not be able to treat everyone.”
The district health officer Kaliro, Doctor Allan Katamba urged members of the public report persons with COVID 19 symptoms to health workers or local council officials for necessary action.
So far at least 132 have tested positive for COVID-19 in the district with 5 registered deaths.