KABALE – A total of 85 people who have been under institutional quarantine at Kirigime guest house in Kabale town have been discharged after the samples collected from them tested negative the coronavirus.
Those discharged include 3 Rwandans, 3 Burundians, 1 Eritrean, one Kenyan and the rest were Ugandans.
Kabale Resident District Commissioner Darius Nandinda on Thursday presented certificates from the Ministry of Health to the discharged suspects that completed 14 days in the quarantine but advised them observe the existing guidelines aimed at controlling the spread of coronavirus in the country.
The discharged suspects were arrested on March 22 as they returned from the republic of Rwanda through Katuna border post where some had gone for business trips while others were visiting their relatives.
They were put under institutional quarantine for 14 days at Kirigime guest in Kabale town where the government of Uganda paid for their meals and accommodation.
Mr Nandinda thanked the quarantined suspects for obeying government guidelines of being quarantined in controlling the spread of coronavirus for which Uganda has a total of 53 confirmed cases as ministry of health continues to hunt for their contacts.
Mr Nandinda said that although he issued travel permits to the discharged suspects, each of them must pay for their transport costs up to their respective homes.
The acting Kabale district health officer Mr Alfred Besigensi said that the fact that Kabale district has no coronavirus suspect in institutional quarantine, the public must be on a serious out to ensure that foreigners from the neighboring countries are not allowed to enter their border communities to avoid the importation of the deadly virus.
Mr Besigensi said that about 10 of the discharged coronavirus suspects were women 5-children and the rest were male adults.
“We have immediately handed over the guest house that had been used to quarantine the coronavirus suspects that traveled from Rwanda to the owner and we have prepared the Kabale school of nursing premises as an isolation center in case we get more suspected cases.” Mr Besigensi said.