There is worry after a sixty-year-old male COVID-19 patient succumbed to the disease, a few hours after arriving at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital.
According to Dr. Nathan Onyach the Hospital Director, the patient passed on few hours after his arrival, adding that he had all signs and symptoms of COVID19 mostly difficulty in breathing.
Dr. Onyach revealed that they received three COVID-19 patients including a man and two women. However, the man died and the women are improving. He further noted that they are the first COVID19 patients to be admitted in the last three months.
The hospital has 42 COVID patients on home-based care and they are working closely with Village Health Teams in the treatment and monitoring of the patients.
Onyach says that they have run out of COVID vaccines yet the number of cases keeps growing. He argues that even the stores at the district headquarters are empty but they are in touch with district health authorities to ensure they get more vaccines.
However, the Masaka District Internal Security Officer Obadiya Musimenta says that they are working out modalities to enforce the Standard Operation Procedures set by the Ministry of Health.
Adding that the COVID task force and the District Security Committee held a meeting on Wednesday last week to chat the way forward of implementing the SOPs. He says that they may be forced to erect roadblocks to bar those without masks from going through.