Wakiso district corona taskforce is overwhelmed with distress calls reporting suspected coronavirus cases. Uganda on Monday reported 8 new cases after the first confirmed case on Saturday.
Wakiso district health officer, Dr Mathias Lugolobi says that they have been receiving on average a call at least every two hours from different communities reporting suspected COVID-19 cases. He says the calls have increased since government announced eight new coronavirus cases on Monday.
"The community is alert and every suspected case is reported to either our VHTs or through security channels. From all parts of the district, cases are being reported. Most of these are reporting people with suspected symptoms and others are reporting someone in their community who has just come from overseas," notes Lugolobi.
Dr David Ssekaboga, the deputy Wakiso district health officer notes that despite the fact some are false alarms, the district has been responding to nearly all the distress calls but are yet to identify potential suspects.
Joseph Kamukama, the Wakiso division police commander notes that much of the distress calls are coming in through the security system given the fact that the numbers shared by the ministry of Health Ministry are not easily accessible. Kamukama says he's worried that police officers who have been responding to the cases might be exposed as they don't have protective gear.
Dr Lugolobi said they are incapacitated as far as logistics are concerned.
Luke Lokuda, the Wakiso chief administrative officer says hat the district is trying to look for resources from the central government and implementing partners.