By Goodluck Musinguzi
170 people have tested positive in the 6 districts that form Kigezi region. Kabale Regional Referral Hospital is the designated center for handling COVID19. Rukungiri district has recorded the lowest number and Kabale District the highest.
The people of Kigezi like other regions struggle with high unemployment, job scarcity, poverty, and other social determinants of health that contribute to health risks and poor outcomes.
With COVID19 spreading fast in the community the health services at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital will be stretched. There is effort to have regular access to health care, and generally have a better quality of life with longer life expectancy but the pandemic is threatening the region.
When you look at data in the region and compare it with Kampala Capital City which is the epicenter, the difference is big. We look at costs of handling patients in the region.
On 19th Kisoro (6),Kabale (5) 18th Kanungu (1) 16th Kabale (15),Rukungiri (3) 15th Kabale (3), Kisoro (1) 14th Kanungu (1), 13th Rubanda (6) ,11th Rukiga (9), Kabale (11), 10th Kabale (8), Rubanda (4),9th Kabale (4),8th Kabale (21), 7th Kabale (3), Rubanda (1), Kisoro (1),6th Kabale (8), Rubanda (1),5th Kabale (14), Kisoro (1), Rukungiri (1),3rd Kabale (3), Kisoro (3),Rubanda (1),2nd Kabale (1),31th Kabale (5), 29th Kabale (6),28th Kabale (2), 27th Kabale (1), 26th Rubanda (1) ,25th Rubanda (4), 22nd Rubanda (2), Kabale (1),21st Kisoro (1), 20th Kisoro (1), 18th Rubanda (6), Kisoro (3),
Local leaders have role to play in enforcing Covid19 guidelines so that the pandemic is contained. Kigezi region is the most cold part of Uganda.
Healed From COVID19, Dr Francis Runumi tells his story. He is Former LC 5 Chairman Kabale District and Commissioner Planning Ministry of Health.
Note: Dr Francis Runumi allowed me to use his picture for reminding us the dangers of COVID19. I didn’t use it against his will.
By Dr Francis Runumi
God has given me a lease of life again. Neera. Today I leave Mulago healed after battling Corona, which some people still take to be a quasi joke. No thanks. It is not a joke. You will be picked, isolated and paralysed as Prof. Nsibambi used to emphasise to stubborn people. Don’t be a statistic in its line of duty. It is dead serious when you start adoring the free oxygen you are breathing right now. You will be alone with that phone as the only window to the dearest.
Most grateful to your support. Prayers, encouraging messages, spiritual references, money, love , kept flowing from all of you. People I had forgotten showed up with love.
I am so heavily indebted to you all.
For the medics in Entebbe and Mulago the job you are doing is simply incredible. Too much to say here but not now. Good guys.
I have no appropriate channel to reach all to Thank you. Thank you. Am healed and heading home any minute. SOPs are everywhere. Blame yourself for any bleach. Rukundo egumeho
#SleepUnderTheNetUG #SleepUnderTheNetUg #StaySafeUG
DON’T JOKE WITH COVID19, IT’S FOR REAL .
By Robby Muhumuza
“ Do you know someone who knows someone who knows someone who has Corona?”
The above refrain trending on social media a few months ago sounded funny and my family members and I laughed at it .
That laugh has now dried off my lips . I know scores of people who have been infected by COVID19. I have a list of those who recently died of COVID19. Others are on ventilators in critical condition.
My wife and I recently became part of the COVID19 statistics when both of us tested positive for COVID19.
We didn’t have any of the classic symptoms. Our temperature was normal . No cough, no headache but some slight sore throat .
We were prompted to test because we had been in close contact with people who tested positive for COVID19.
There are many places for testing in Kampala and the charges range from UGX 200,000 to 350,000 depending on where you go .
We opted for Makerere University Hospital where we were charged UGX 200,000 and got our results the following day .
As soon as the medical officer at Makerere University Hospital saw “Positive “ on our results slips , she adjusted her mask more firmly on her face and told us to keep a minimum of 2 meters from her .
“ Mulago Hospital is full . Entebbe Grade B is also full . The only place we can have you admitted for 14 days is at the temporary medical facility recently set up at Namboole Stadium” she said .
“ What are the facilities available at Namboole ?” I asked .
“ Not much really “, she confessed.
“ We mostly have medical staff who will monitor you regularly and give you treatment if you need it . You will not be allowed any visitors. Your family can bring you stuff but they will have to leave it at the gate “, she added .
“ But if you have a place where you can self isolate , here is a prescription. Go buy the drugs from
a a pharmacy and take another test after 10 days “, she said .
The prescription consisted of:
Azithromycin 500 mg ( 1 tablet per day for 6 days )
Zinc 20 mg ( 1 tablet per day for 5 days )
Vit. C 500 mg ( 1 tablet twice a day for 5 days ).
When I checked with a senior doctor friend of mine , he gave a similar prescription and then added the following:
“ Don’t be scared . Take a balanced diet . Have enough sleep . Do exercises every day . Drink plenty of water . Sit in the morning sun 15-20 minutes per day .”
After buying the prescriptions my wife and I went into isolation for the next 10 days .
As we shared our condition with friends via WhatsApp and phone calls , we received more advice on how to reinforce our immunity .
We were encouraged to take lots of green tea boiled with fresh pounded garlic, ginger , lemon or lime and some honey added .
We shared with our pastor and some friends for prayers .
Concerned that we could have infected some of our closest contacts , we sent our children, grandchildren, driver and workers at our home for COVID19 tests . Thanks be to God , they all tested negative.
Full fledged COVID19 usually attacks and weakens the lungs . That’s why critically ill COVID19 patients with breathing difficulties need ventilators ( now in short supply in Ugandan hospitals). It’s therefore necessary to monitor the oxygen intake in the blood of COVID19 patients so that medical personnel can provide the necessary intervention in time.
We were advised to buy a battery-operated hand-held oximeter for measuring the pulse and amount of oxygen in the blood . We sent for one from First Pharmacy at UGX 95,000.
My wife and I have followed the recommended regimen religiously to the dot . Thanks be to a God that we have not developed any symptoms of COVID19.
We eagerly counted each day looking forward to the 10th day to carry out another COVID19 test .
Day 10 came and the swab was taken from our nostrils. I have taken many tests and exams in my life . Waiting for results of a COVID19 test is one of the most nerve-wrecking waiting times .
The following day , the email from the Ministry of Health Uganda Virus Research Institute Lab Manager came on my phone . My fingers were sweating as I frantically opened the email . “ NEGATIVE” was stamped in Green on the result slip of both my wife and I . We shouted in excitement and hugged each other . It was as if a death sentence had been lifted from our necks .
COVID19 is real . We are at the stage where there are many infected people in the community busy transmitting it . Be careful . Avoid mingling in crowds . Go out only if you must . When you are with others who are not your family members , wear a mask , keep a social distance of around 2 meters apart , and wash your hands frequently with water and soap .
If you feel symptoms of COVID19 or one of the people you have been in close contact tests positive, go for a COVID19 test .
If you test positive, that’s not a death sentence. Follow the treatment regimen . You will thank me later.
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