Seven students at Mbarara city missionary school Mary Hill High school have been admitted to Mbarara regional referral having tested positive for COVID-19.
The reports follow recent social media reports alleging that 92 students at the same school had tested positive with the virus. However, the Mbarara city Resident District Commissioner James Mwesigye dismissed the reports as false information.
“Those who are saying that there are 92 cases of Covid-19 at Maryhill High School are creating anxiety but there are only seven cases that tested positive at the school and three at Parenting Primary School in Mbarara and they are not in critical condition,” Mr Mwesigye said.
The seven students are part of the the 10 students currently receiving treatments at Mbarara hospital after three other pupils of Parenting P/S also tested positive.
RDC Mwesigyehas told reports that authorities have intensified enforcement of SOPs in the area to minimize the community infections as the country struggles to handle the surging cases.
Leaders at different levels in the city have been urged to sensitise the public against the new wave which has so far spread to schools.
“All stakeholders in positions of leadership should rejuvenate the crusade of sensitizing the people to act sensibly and responsibly in the fight against covid-19 pandemic. Let people wear their masks those who don’t should not be allowed in any public place,”
Mbarara District Health Officer, Dr Peter Ssebutinde said more than 50 people who recently have been tested and turned-out positive have been told to self-isolate at home.
“Because they don’t have serious severe symptoms,” he said.
Mbarara regional referral hospital director, Dr Celestine Barigye said the virus situation in Ankole sub region is bad as 19 people are admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) while more than 60 cases are under home based care.
“We now have 19 Covid-19 patients in the hospital and they are all in critical condition. Of course, we have relatives to the doctors and one of the doctors at the referral is also sick. There are some other health workers sick and Covid is everywhere as many people have been infected,” Dr Barigye added.
“We have lost two people this week; a woman who died on Thursday and a man died a day before.” Dr Barigye said.
Mbarara regional referral hospital has the capacity of 35 beds in the Intensive Care Unit, its alleged that in the previous wave cumulatively the hospital had 550 patients and lost 49.
Currently there are 70 cases and two people have so far breathed their last.