- June 12, 2021
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Use Health Facilities Available In your Districts: Health Workers Warned Against Covid-19 Referrals As Kampala Is Marked ‘Red Zone’
Health officials have been cautioned against referring patients to Kampala due to surging cases of Covid-19 infections in the Metropolitan area.
This follows the President’s ban on inter-district movements which came into effect on Friday 11th, 2021, patients have been flooding different political and administrative offices in their respective districts seeking authorization to travel to Kampala allegedly for medical emergencies.
These have however been advised to seek medical attention from health facilities within their districts and seek referrals only when it’s unavoidable.
District health officials have also been advised to stick to managing all health emergencies within their respective districts.
According to Deputy Presidential Press Secretary Faruk Kirunda, referrals to the Kampala Metropolitan “red zone” could spark a disaster.
“Political leaders have no mandate to grant travel permissions. This is exclusively a monopoly of medical officers.
There is a health facility at every parish, sub-county and district. Let us utilize them as the only way out of this crisis, ” Kirunda said.
Uganda has registered a spike in recent weeks especially in Kampala with almost 90 percent of the cases reported in Kampala alone leading to the current surge in most health facilities running out of space, ICU and oxygen supply.