Kabale district leaders have said they might not be able to enforce most of President Yoweri Museveni’s recent directives in the fight against Covid19, thanks to lack of funding and manpower.
The district leaders cited insufficient security personnel, laxity of residents and limited funding as some of the hurdles faced.
President Museveni has since last week unveiled a number of measures including closure of schools and religious houses. The President also banned Public rallies, cultural meetings, and ordered for the closure of bars and other social night events. Later on he closed all the country’s borders and yesterday put a ban on public transportation.
The President ordered district security committees headed by Resident District Commissioners to implement the directives in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
14 people including an eight-months baby have already tested positive to the virus in Uganda.
However, Darius Nandinda, the Kabale RDC says people in the district have continued to hide in small confined places to drink alcohol despite closure of bars and intensified police crackdown on drunkards
Nandinda says due to lack of enough Police personnel in the district, there is limited a crackdown on bars especially in rural areas which puts residents’ lives at risk.
Patrick Besigye Keihwa, the district Chairperson says the district has not received any funding from the central government to help the district coronavirus task force to do enough monitoring.
Currently, he says, they are using their own little resources to purchase fuel and provide facilitation to deployed security personnel to implement the directives.
Alfred Besigensi, the Kabale district Health Educator and acting district director of health services says lack of enough finances to support effective monitoring has hindered easy response by district health team to reported suspected cases especially in hard to reach areas.
Besigensi further noted that some residents have also not embraced protective measures like hand washing and social distancing.