Coronavirus: Masaka Leadership Worried About Foreigners Entering the Country via Lake Victoria

Leaders in Masaka district have expressed worry about the increased number of people coming in the district using Lake Victoria which they say that its putting people’s lives at stake.

“There are people from abroad accessing Masaka and other neighboring districts via Lake Victoria using the remote landing sites and on arrival at the landing sites, they use bodaboda motorcycles to enter the villages and mingle into the community,” said the Masaka district chairman Jude Mbabali

“We have information that this is currently happening at Bbaale landing site in Kyanamukaaka sub county. We have alerted the relevant authorities for action.”

The Chairperson assured people that they have put in place in a number of measures to ensure that this practice is brought to an end.

“In the meantime we have asked the DPC for Masaka to deploy enough personnel in these areas; we have asked the District Health Officer Dr. Musisi Stuart to dispatch a team that will monitor health conditions of those who will be found using the lake. The Local council leaders have been also asked to be vigilant. ”

On the issue of people who were suspected to have this virus in Kizungu Village Masaka Municipality on Sunday,  Mbabaali says that proper measures were taken against them and they were quarantined under surveillance.

“On contacting the Director of Masaka Hospital we opted for the later and he immediately acted by designating Masaka School of Nursing as an isolation center. He teamed up with the Masaka District Health Officer and police to arrest the said Corona virus suspects for quarantine.”

The Chairman says  the six who were arrested had their body temperature checked and that this is going to continue for the next 14 days as they continue hunting for one who is still in hiding.


“My appreciation goes to Dr. Onyachi Nathan-Director Masaka Referral Hospital, Dr. Musisi Stuart-Masaka District Health Officer, the RDC and Police for the vigilance and cooperation so far exhibited in the fight against the Corona virus in Masaka” Mbabaali added

The suspected individuals are said to have returned from Dubai last week without adhering to the current health guidelines which requires anybody coming in the country to be put under quarantine for 14 days as their health conditions is being monitored.

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