Tension mounts Masaka as 45 students test positive for COVID-19

Tension mounts Masaka as 45 students test positive for COVID-19

MASAKA- Dr. Nathan Onyach, the Director- Masaka Regional Referral Hospital, says 45 students are currently receiving treatment at the facility after contracting the novel COVID-19.

The students according to Onyach are from the boarding section of two schools in Masaka.

Onyach says the surveillance team is still tracing all contacts to contain the spread in these schools amidst the increasing scourge scare.

He further attributes the infections to failure to observe the Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) at school.

Dr Onach says there is no need to close the affected schools since the patients are already admitted and receiving treatment at the hospital.

Onyach also reveals that 16 health workers are under self-isolation and are being monitored from their respective homes.

He says the COVID infection has reached stage four where it may be difficult to trace the contacts and urges the school administrators and learners to be more responsible by adhering to the SOPs. 

Dr. Mark Jjuuko, the In-charge of the COVID-19 Treatment Centre, the majority of the students are improving and will be discharged soon as they recover.

Jjuuko explains that they have withheld the names of the schools where the learners are from so as not to cause alarm.  

John Bosco Mulindwa, the Masaka Deputy District Education Officer-DEO, says that they have a task force team that keeps monitoring the schools in a bid to enforce the SOPs for the good of the learners.However, the administrators of the affected schools have said they have improved on the enforcement of SOPs to avoid more infections.