By Solomon Hamala
No COVID 19 case has been registered in Iganga district for the past two months according to health officials.
The District Health Officer Iganga (DHO), Doctor David Muwanguzi told this website on Friday 15th October 2021, that voluntary tests conducted on 3554 people during the past two months turned out to be negative.
Muwanguzi said the reduction in cases of COVID 19 in the district is attributed to increased sensitization about the dangers of contracting the virus on media platforms besides the positive attitude by members of the public in observing social operating procedures like wearing face masks, and maintaining social distances while in public.
“People have now realized that the disease is real and kills if one becomes reckless,” he said.
He urged members of the public to continue being vigilant to avoid an increase in COVID 19 cases by reducing on trips to neighboring districts besides frequently sanitizing their hands.
“The infections have reduced within Iganga but not in other areas,” he said.
The Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Iganga, Deborah Mwesigwa who is also the chairperson COVID 19 task force cautioned boda boda cyclists against violating the Presidential directives by loading more than one passenger saying they risk fueling the spread of the virus.
“Most of these cyclists have on several occasions gone to an extent of loading more than one passenger which is dangerous,” she said.
She appealed to local council officials especially in rural areas to always report cases of big crowds at funerals and weddings to relevant officials for necessary action.
“Most of these big gatherings need to be dispersed because they pose a very big threat to the lives of those in attendance,” she said.
The LC 5 chairman Iganga, Ezra Gabula urged teachers to receive COVID 19 jabs earlier to ensure they are eligible to conduct lessons when schools re-open next year.
Gabula said so far 4332 teachers had received COVID 19 jabs as one of the preventive measures to avoid the spread of the virus indicating only 34.5 percent to the total number expected.
“All those who fail to get these jabs will not be eligible to conduct lessons again once schools re-open,” he said.