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Bugweri District Local Government Headquarters Shut Down as 28 Test Covid-19 Positive

By Solomon Hamala
In Bugweri

Bugweri district headquarters have been closed down after 28 of its
staff tested positive to COVID 19 virus.

The 28 who comprise of technical and political staff had earlier
undergone a mandatory test to establish their sero status following the death of the senior commercial officer Patrick Dubbi recently who
succumbed to COVID 19 virus.

According to the resident district commissioner Bugweri,  Fred Gulumei who is also the chairperson COVID 19 district task force said the deceased Dubbi shared an office premise with over ten other employees  which exposed others to contracting the virus.

“We knew that some of his colleagues he had been sharing an office would have been exposed to the virus thus there was need to test them and if proved to be positive isolate themselves for the safety of the community,” he said.
He also revealed that the health department is to fumigate the entire office block later next weekbawaiting the expiry
of the 14 days for re-opening.

He urged staff with urgent matters to handle work in their home
premises awaiting a response from the district COVID 19 task force.

“I have advised the members of staff with very urgent official duties
to handle them while at home as we seek a way forward, “he said.

Gulume said some employees who dodged undergoing the mandatory COVID 19 test risk facing disciplinary action in case they refuse to abide by the regulations.

“The tests are meant to monitor your health and seek a solution but
it’s a pity that some staff have tried to dodge it,”he said.

The district health officer Bugweri,Doctor Peter Mwebesa said 34 people are in isolation at Makutu health center 4 after results
indicated they were positive.

Mwebesa said majority of locals are seeking services of traditional
herbalists after developing COVID 19 symptoms instead of taking the
prescribed drugs a move that has claimed most lives.

6 people have died of COVID 19 virus since the beginning of this year in Bugweri district.

The chief administrative officer  Bugweri, Nelson Kirenda  said
there is need to regulate parking of long distance trailers in busy
trading centers within the district in a bid to reduce on the spread
of COVID 19 virus.

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