Dr Sophie Namasopi, the Director of Kabale Regional Referral Hospital has described the Kigezi sub region as a red zone for Covid-19, considering the prevalence of the pandemic in the close by countries of Rwanda and DRC.
Namasopi yesterday called on government to consider Kigezi as region that needs special attention to prevent an explosion of the virus in the area.
She made the remarks on Tuesday morning while meeting the members of the health committee of parliament at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital.
The health committee members who were on the fact finding mission in regard to the monitoring of Covid-19 in the country were led by the Nakawa division legislator Hon. Kabaziguruka Michael Andrew.
“Our referral hospital has a very old ambulance, has no Intensive Care Unit yet neighbouring countries like DRC have a high prevalence for Covid-19, which could cross to Kigezi sub region” Namasopi said.
Darius Nandinda, the Kabale RDC reported that the region’s terrain is very hilly and thus requires vehicles from government to monitor and assist in covid-19 related activities.
“We’ve not received any vehicle from government, yet we are border districts. We are surprised that some inland districts have received vehicles for Covid-19. Government should consider border districts as fast as possible” Nandinda said.
Timuzigu Michael Kamugisha, the Kajara county Member of parliament said Ministry of Health should pay more attention to this area.
“We need to know why Kabale and other districts of Kigezi haven’t got pickups when they are at a high risk of getting the disease yet other districts, which have a low risk have received,” he said.
Kabale regional referral hospital receives patients from Kabale, Rubanda, Rukiga, Kisoro Kanungu and Rukungiri and often from the neighbouring countries.
It is currently treating six Covid-19 patients, having successfully discharged another three.