KCCA Calls For Vigilance among people of Kampala
KCCA is calling for vigilance after Kampala has recorded more deaths from COVID 19 than any other district. PHOTO/CITY HALL

According to KCCA, the district of Kampala has recorded more deaths from COVID 19 than any other district and thus calls for vigilance among people.

The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has called upon all people residing and working in areas around Kampala to remain vigilant about the fast-spreading coronavirus.

For the past few weeks, Uganda has confirmed more coronavirus cases than it has done in other districts. The Ministry of Health on Sunday confirmed 97 new COVID-19 cases from tests done on 22 August 2020.

Of these, 59 were from Kampala, 11 from Wakiso, six from Buikwe, three from districts of Luweero and Namisindwa respectively, two from Mukono, Jinja respectively and one from each of Kabale, Amuru, Oyam, Tororo as well as a returnee from Mali.

The new confirmation pushed Uganda’s total case count to 2,263 from which, 1,226 have since been discharged after they recovered from the virus while 20 victims have so far succumbed to the virus. 

The confirmation also meant that Kampala district has registered more deaths from Covid-19 than any other district.

This according to KCCA, calls for vigilance among those staying and working in Kampala. 

KCCA’s report reads that they have in recent weeks, following the lifting of the lock-down noticed a gross non-compliance to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which were provided by the MOH as a solution to fighting the spread of the coronavirus.

KCCA Calls For Vigilance among people of Kampala
KCCA is calling for vigilance after Kampala has recorded more deaths from COVID 19 than any other district. PHOTO/CITY HALL

The report further explains that places including arcades, shopping centres, public transport among other crowded settings remain high-risk areas because people have deliberately neglected the MOH control measures in place such as maintaining social distance, washing hands with soap and wearing of masks.

‘’We have noticed that there is gross non-adherence to the SOPs in public transport and the workplaces, including arcades, which the scientists believe has accounted to the increased number of cases,’’ part of KCCA’s report reads.

‘’Workplaces such as offices & workshops, are where most infectious are being registered. Arcades remain high-risk areas due to noncompliance to simple preventive measures.’’

The report also warns all non-compliant parties more so those working in the shopping arcades that they have up to one week to ensure they remain complaint or they face another closure.

‘’A list is attached. Public transport: over 90% of those infected reported using public transport and the taxi park. Slums too are affected; these include Kasosoko, Kisenyi, Nakulabye. Political activities are also drivers of new infections, and we appeal to leaders to exercise caution when campaigning.  

Most markets have stopped hand washing and some have disconnected washing facilities installed for free by KCCA to help compliance with handwashing. Our team shall start markets inspections and if you are found with water diverted to your premises, you will be arrested and charged as per the public health,’’ KCCA’s report added.

Meanwhile, the organization in charge of the city centre also called upon all individuals who register or feel they have any Covid-19 related symptoms to report to the MOH for a free check-up. 

KCCA says that many of those that succumbed to the virus delayed to seek medical attention.

‘’Several people are not seeking medical help when showing COVID 19 symptoms. This delayed access of medical help has led to some being confirmed to have the disease after death. This poses a risk to relatives who participate in the burials. ‘’