Shock has gripped residents of Kangole Sub County in Bukedea district when one of the families in the area decided to confine their member in a bush on suspicion that he could have contracted COVID-19.
According to Michael Moses Ocan the Kangole sub-county chief, the COVID-19 suspect is a student who travelled from Kampala and presented with COVID-19 like symptoms such as cough.
The victim’s family decided to confine the suspect in a bush for fear of contracting the virus, and he allegedly accepted since his body was not normal.
“He is now being treated in the bush where he is provided with everything including food. His samples were picked by the district task force to confirm whether he is negative or positive” Ocan said.
According to the Bukedea Resident District Commissioner who also doubles as head of COVID-19 task force Geoffrey Okiswa, they lack an isolation center for suspected cases.
He says they are working hard to reach people in the community to educate them on the dangers of the virus.
The Bukedea District Health Officer Stephen Ikodet, says despite receiving reports from the community on suspected COVID-19 cases, they don’t have testing kits.