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Kasese District COVID-19 task force is stuck with Covid-19 patients.

By Baluku Alex

Kasese District COVID-19 task force is stuck with patients after the regional referral hospital got filled up.

Fort Portal Regional referral hospital was designated to handle patients from across the Tooro-Rwenzori region as the government decentralized COVID-19 case treatment centres.

Kasese has recorded over 70 cases in the new wave within two weeks.

Dr Yusuf Baseke, the Kasese District Health Officer says they don’t have any alternative facility to handle the patients and have advised them to go for home-based care.

He says the district is financially incapacitated to create an emergency quarantine and isolation centres.

Dr Baseke notes that the COVID-19 task force is still making consultations with the Ministry of Health and other relevant stakeholders to create a holding centre for the patients.

Baseke says the numbers of covid-19 cases in Kasese are expected to rise following the closure of schools which forced learners to return home. According to Baseke, the district lacks the basic facilities including oxygen plants to generate oxygen for ill patients.

The district is also considering reopening the isolation centres at Bwera Hospital, Kilembe Mines and Kasese Municipal health centre III.

The Kasese Deputy RDC Joshua Masereka advised patients put under home-based care to adhere to the guidelines.

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