Kamwezi Sub County back in spotlight with COVID-19 cases

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NEWS– Authorities and residents in Rukiga district are living in fear over the increased COVID-19 positivity rate in Kamwezi Sub-county.

Purikeria Mwiine Muhindo, the Resident District Commissioner who doubles as the head of surveillance team said that according to test samples done on Tuesday, Kamwezi registered almost 100% positivity rate.

From test samples done on Tuesday this week, three samples turned positive in Kamwezi, eight tested negative in Mparo, Six negative in Kashambya, Five negative in Kyogo while Bukinda, Kitanga and Rutooma had no samples tested.

The leading hotspot village is Nyakasa in Kibanda parish, Kamwezi subcounty.

The Rukiga district joint task force meeting held in Muhanga town council on Tuesday attributed the increase in positivity rate to delays in receiving VHTs and village Taskforce allowances which has hampered community sensitization on standard operating procedures observance.

The increment is also attributed to high turn up of the community members for immunization against COVID-19, and general monitoring of the home-based care service program.

However, Members of joint taskforce  commended the ongoing mobile community sensitization by the district health team stressing that it will yield positive results.

They further called for increase testing at all testing centers, need for increased community engagement especially by the VHTs and village Taskforce members.

Ever since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Uganda, 2470 alerts have been tested in Rukiga district, 453 turned out positive and 422 have since recovered.

Currently the district also has 22 home-based care management cases.