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Bududa covid-19 suspects complain of starvation

Bulucheke Secondary School

Bududa, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Covid-19 suspects isolated at Bulucheke Secondary School quarantine center in Bududa district are complaining of starvation. There are currently 16 suspects in the quarantine center.

They were taken into isolation on Saturday last week. They are part of 100 corona virus suspects under institutional and self-isolation in their homes in Bududa district.

However, the 16 suspects say they hardly access any meals at the quarantine center.

Cyrus Nasoba, one of the suspects from Bukalasi, says they were given five kilograms of maize flour on Saturday without sauce yet they were promised that they would be taken case of while under quarantine.

He explains that he mingled posho and mixed it with salt so as he could survive to the next day.

Jackline Nabutuwa, a breastfeeding mother from Nakatsi Sub County, says she is equally starving her two children because they don’t have what to eat. She advises the Task Force to release them if they have nothing to feed to them.

Abuna Namayuba from Bukalasi says they sat up to 1pm on Monday without food and there was no communication from those running the center. He said they were given sweet potatoes on the first day, which wasn’t enough.       

Anna Mary Khainza says they should leave them to return to their homes other than starving them.

Reverend Peter Musapiti, the Area LC I Chairperson, says the district should help the suspects because they received money for the pandemic, adding that he doesn’t see why the suspects should be suffering because government provided money.  Each district received Shillings 165 million for covid19 activities.

Zelesi Nabusayi Wakubona, the Bududa District Disease Surveillance Focal person advised the suspects to call their homes for food. She said she sacrificed her own food and money to cater for the suspects for the two days they have been in quarantine.

Wilson Watira, the Bududa District LC 5 Chairperson who is also a member of the Covid-19 Task Force told our reporter they will soon address the complaints of the suspects. He disclosed that they had not yet withdrawn the money to cater for all their needs.

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