The people of Ibanda town are living in panic and fear after one of their own, renowned medic Dr. Margaret Kasande, was placed under quarantine.
The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leader was last evening, 25th March, picked from her home in Ibanda town and driven to an isolation centre in Kampala.
Dr. Kasande, who operates one of the busiest medical centres- Ibanda Central Clinic-, was aboard last Saturday’s Ethiopian Airways flight from Dubai which had Uganda’s first Coronavirus victim.
Dr. Kasande travelled to Ibanda on Sunday, and has since been going about her work at the busy clinic and as a doctor, she’s been in close contact with many patients.
Yesterday, the medical doctor heeded to government’s appeal to all individuals who travelled to Dubai in the last two weeks to report for screening, and Ministry of Health last eveningpicked her from the western Uganda district.
Her Corona test results are expected later today, Thursday.
Of the 500 people who travelled to Dubai in the last two weeks, only 60 people have heeded government’s appeal and availed themsleves for testing.
Others are mixing and mingling with the populace.
“We have so far received 60 travellers from Dubai and we further direct the others to come forth to Mulago so they can be assessed,” Health Ministry’s Dr Mwebesa said yesterday.
By yesterday, a total of 2,661 travelers including Ugandans identified as potential risk have been either under self-quarantine or institutional quarantine. Of these, 1,356 are under follow up; 774 of these are under institutional quarantine while 582 are under self-quarantine.
“We appeal to all travelers who have been in Dubai in the past two weeks to call the health desk on 0800-100-066 or 0800-203-033 for further follow-up.
Uganda has so far registered 14 cases with many more expected.