By Joackim Kule
Kasese District has registered new cases of Covid-19, according to the District Surveillance Focal Person, Samuel Muhindo Kabinga.
Uganda in January 2022 fully opened its economy for business after nearly two years of pandemic-related lockdown.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhaburwa, in his 2021 End of Year address broadcast live, fully opened the transport sector with public service vehicles allowed to carry passengers to the required capacity.
He however said all passengers must wear face masks and follow the preventive measures of COVID-19.
He also opened entertainment centers, cinema halls, bars, performing arts and sports arenas and directed that all revelers must follow the Standard Operating Procedures of preventing COVID-19.
Museveni said some sectors would be closed again if the number of COVID-19 cases continues growing.
Now, the Kasese District Surveillance Focal Person regrets to formally report 10 new cases of COVID-19 in his area of jurisdiction. Kabinga says that the new active cases were tested from St. Paul’s Health center IV, Kasese Municipal and Railway Health III’s. The tests were carried out between 30th May and 1st June 2022.
Kabinga says that five (5) of the cases are learners from within Kasese Municipality and the other five (5), are members of the Community. Kabinga attributes the re-emergency of the pandemic to people’s unwillingness in implementing the Standard Operating Procedures that were put in place by the Ministry of Health to curtail the spread of the deadly disease.
The District Health Department has since drawn planslaunch the massive vaccination campaign for the pupils and students aged between 12 and 17 years. This is scheduled to take place with effect from 15th June 2022.
By January 2022, the district had only 1,786 accumulative cases and 86 deaths. Currently, Kasese District stands at 63% of the people that are fully vaccinated.