Kabale district local government has asked the majority of the staff working at the district headquarters to stay home, after some of the staff members tested positive for COVID-19.
The district has more than 70 civil servants who sit at its headquarters.
Edmond Ntimba the District Chief Administrative Officer on Tuesday while speaking during the budget conference for the financial year 2021/2022 held at the Solvan Square at the district headquarters, he said only 13 heads of departments, office attendants and secretaries would be maintained until further notice when all workers will be tested and proven if they are COVID-19 free.
Ntimba said that all the staff at home will be called depending on the workload.
He says that access to the district headquarters has also been restricted and those allowed in are subjected to thorough checks at the gate.
The CAO however declined to reveal the number of staff who tested positive for COVID-19.
Patrick Besigye Keihwa the Kabale District chairperson says that the decision to reduce the number of staff intends to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 since some of the staff have tested positive for disease. He advised the general public to stick to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health to avoid further infections.
Alfred Besigensi the Kabale District acting Health Officer, says so far the there are 25 COVID-19 patients are admitted at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital and 22 of them are from Kabale municipality .