ISHAKA – Kampala International University (KIU) Teaching Hospital embarked on training a COVID-19 task force aimed at handling Coronavirus cases that may arise in the area.
The training which started on Tuesday, June 2 was completed on Thursday, June 4.
The task force is constituted of the university and KIU Teaching hospital administrators. The team was trained by the Assistant District Health Officer (ADHO) of Bushenyi district, Dr Eliab Tayebwa.
Dr Tayebwa trained the task force on how to handle alerts from the community about COVID-19 suspected cases, how to trace, monitor and manage any suspected patients until they are tested to verify whether they are infected or free of the virus.
“In the health sector, a rumour is treated as gospel truth until confirmed otherwise. The task force should, therefore, be alert to signal and alert, but also maintain the confidentiality of the person who signified it about the suspect,” Dr Tayebwa told the taskforce.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor of KIU Western campus Prof Patrick Kyamanywa, thanked Dr Tayebwa for training the task force in preparation for any cases that may arise in the future.
“Public transport has been opened and the risk is now high because the virus could spread quickly. So as the university task force, we should start the vigilance now,” Prof Kyamanywa said.
KIU Teaching Hospital being the main Health centre to have been chosen by the Bushenyi district COVID-19 task force to handle any COVID-19 cases that may arise in the area, extra measures are being put in place in preparation for any COVID-19 cases.
Therefore, the hospital and district task forces have been working together to prevent the outbreak of the disease in the district since the first case was declared in the country by the Ministry of Health on March 21.