The Kabale Resident District Commissioner, Darius Nandinda (in photo above) has observed that the increased influx of Rwandans into the Ugandan districts bordering Rwanda, pose a threat to the fight against Corona-virus in the western region.
Nandinda said intelligence gathered indicate that Byumba district bordering Kabale district was worst hit by coronavirus and the Rwandan authorities are not helping to control the crossing of their citizens into Uganda.
‘’We are concerned about the Rwandans from Byumba district entering Uganda through the porous border crossings as the that District was reported to have had the highest cases of corona-virus in Rwanda’’ Nandinda said.
This week two Ugandans that had been quarantined in Rwanda for corona virus were received by Ugandan health workers at Katuna boarder and are now under another quarantine at the Kabale Referral Hospital.
In a related development the Mayor of Ryakarimira Town Council in Kabale district that borders Rwanda, Enock Kazooba, has accused Rwandan citizens of using force to enter into Uganda through un-gazetted border crossings into his town council.
He said this has complicated the security situation and undermined the fight against coronavirus in Kabale.
’I wonder why the government of Rwanda is doing nothing to stop its citizens from crossing to Uganda, yet few months ago, the same government of Rwanda was busy shooting and killing anybody who dared to cross the same border into both directions,’’ said Kazooba.
Kabale RDC in a photo above.
By April 30th 2020, Rwanda had registered 250 cases of corona virus and no death reported yet As of now Uganda has around 83 reported cases of Covid :19 and has not registered any deaths.
Addressing the Kabale district Coronavirus recently at the National Teachers College Kabale, the District Chairman Patrick Besigye Keihwa, commended residents and well-wishers who have so far donated over 10,000 litres of fuels to help in transport sick people to the hospitals during the period of national lock down and curfew and tons of food items for the underprivileged members of the community in the district.
Keihwa revealed that the District working with the Ministry of health has set up both, an isolation and quarantine Centres at the Kabale Regional Referral Hospital to handle any coronavirus case that could be identified in the region.
So far, the isolation Centre in Kabale has one COVID-19 patient, a truck driver and a national of the Republic of Kenya, while more 12 are being quarantined at the nearby nursing School Kabale.
Speaking at the same meeting the acting Director of Health Services in Kabale, Alfred Besingensi revealed that up to April 30, 2020 no cases of internal generated coronavirus, have been identified and then health workers are on full alert.