Relaxation of SOPs among Hoima residents worries District Health sector

HOIMA, UGANDA: The increased reluctance to follow the guidelines set the ministry of health to reduce the spread of Covid 19 has raised an alarm in the Hoima District health sector.

Dr. Lawrence Baluku the officer in charge of Covid 19 operations in Hoima District says the relaxation among the local community has led to rise of Covid 19 cases in the district.

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The government of Uganda through the ministry of health set guidelines that Ugandans are supposed to follow as one way of reducing the spread of Covid 19 which included social distancing, wearing of face masks, keeping social distance when in public, sanitizing among others.

Baluku nites that by 3rd January evening, the Hoima District Covid 19 task force managed to test 104 people where 86 people were found positive.

According to Baluku the tests were made in various health facilities such as Buraru health center III where 21 people were tested and 12 found positive, at Buseruka Health center III 11 people were tested and 7 found positive, Mparangasi Health center III 11 people were tested and 3 found positive, Kigorobya health center IV 25 were tested and 20 found positive.

“These results indicate that the virus has increased in our community, and this is due to failure to observe SOPs and therefore am calling upon all local leaders to reinforce the earlier methods of sensitizing the public on the benefits of maintaining the Covid 19 guidelines”. Dr. Baluku said.

The rise in Covid 19 cases in Hoima District has been witnessed just 6 days to the official reopening of schools.

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