45 students test positive for COVID-19 in Masaka
At least 45 students from two schools in Masaka district have tested positive for the coronavirus disease.
The affected students are mainly from the boarding section. Dr. Nathan Onyach, the Director- Masaka Regional Referral Hospital, says the students are admitted at the COVID-19 Treatment Centre.
Onyach says the surveillance team is still tracing all contacts to contain the spread of the virus. He further attributes the infections to failure to observe the Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) at school.
He, however, says there is no need to close the affected schools since the patients are already admitted and receiving treatment at the hospital.
Dr. Mark Jjuuko, the In-charge of the COVID-19 Treatment Centre, the majority of the students are improving and will be discharged soon as they recover.
John Bosco Mulindwa, the Masaka Deputy District Education Officer-DEO, says that they have a task force team that keeps monitoring the schools in a bid to enforce the SOPs for the good of the learners.