Kalangala district Covid-19 task force has quarantined more than 7000 residents living at Nkose Island. The quarantine follows the registration of the second positive case for Corona virus.
The case is of an adult female whose samples were collected in Buvuma Health Center IV on 28th of August but later relocated to Katooke Landing Site, Nkose Island, Mazinga Sub-County in Kalangala District where she was traced. Nkose has a population of more than 7,000 people.
As a result, the task force directed that all residents on the landing site should undergo self-isolation as they wait for mass testing.
Godfrey Hadubi, the Kalangala District Health Inspector says, the task force has resolved to restrict the movement of people to and from the Island as a way of preventing further spread of the virus.
Nkose has a population of 7,000 people living on the landing sites California, Katooke and Lugala. The residents are predominantly fisher folk and always on the move from one island to another while hunting for the different fish species within Lake Victoria.
According to Hadubi, the island will have to serve as the quarantine site because they cannot afford putting all the suspected contacts in the institutional quarantine due to associated the costs the district cannot meet at the moment.
Kalangala district recently closed down its quarantine center gazette at Bishop Dunstan Nsubuga Memorial Secondary School due to lack of funds.
“The task force could not pick up all the contacts because the quarantine center was temporarily closed due. We have preferred that we quarantine them on the Island because it is what we can afford,” he noted.
Hadubi, adds that working with the local village leadership, the district task force is also moving in to enforce strict adherence to the Ministry of Health safety guidelines that include wearing of face masks by individuals on the landing site.
The patient has been transferred to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital for management.
Kalangala district registered their first confirmed Covid-19 case in April this year, of a male adult who was a returnee from the United States
Additional reporting by URN
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